Over the past few days, internet users have witnessed ever increasing support towards Deepika Padukone’s response to a video and tweet posted in the soft porn section of the TOI.
In addition to this, TOI has now been lambasted by major publications worldwide, for having published an article ‘Hot Babes with Ugly Legs’. We, the TOI community, would want to clear all the misconceptions.
As the largest media house in the world with interests in promoting cheap journalism, bashing prominent celebrities, advocating gender bias and celebrating age old stereotypes, we approach each medium differently, as do our audiences. There isn’t a one-fits-all formula for either distributing or consuming content across various media. For instance, we may post Deepika’s cleavage pics on TOI website, nude videos of Madhuri Dixit on our official Youtube channel (TOIorgasm), slut shame Sunny Leone on Twitter (#TOI4Sex), evoke expert opinion on Shilpa Shetty’s public kiss through our polls (TOI Vote for Change), or share divorce stories and broken marriages of our women achievers in our TOI blog (TitsofIndiabyTOI.blogspot.com).
Louise Court, Editor-in-Chief of British women’s magazine Cosmopolitan has quoted – “This Times of India article actually made my jaw drop”, and has gone ahead in condemning the misogynistic ideologies that we sincerely follow.
Louise, though we understand your argument, but what about all the times, and there have been many, when you have posted pics of smart, successful women who looked ravishing in revealing clothes? So why the hypocrisy?
Yes, the headline could have been better. But the world of online is very different from that of newspapers. It is chaotic and cluttered — and sensational headlines are far from uncommon. So, we do not find any fault in posting pics of successful women with ugly legs. It is not as if we have shot those pictures with hidden cameras. If they had voluntarily posed for those pictures, how could we be wrong in sharing them with millions of intellectuals who begin their day by browsing TOI paper and then calling every actress a slut or indulging in religion wars in our highly informational comments section? Do they want us to now take their permission before posting their images without make-up or with uncovered legs?
Dear Angelina Jolie, Britney Spears, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Katie Holmes and others : You may be icons and legends. Millions of women worldwide may look up to you as their inspiration. You may have won several Oscars, Emmy awards, or perhaps are one of the ambassadors of your country, or even a global humanitarian. But you must remember that at the end of the day, it is your skinny legs, fat lips, wobbly knees or extra weight that determine your character and persona.
On a closing note, we would like to request you all to subscribe to our Times of India channel, in order to get regular updates on Hrithik’s nick names, Suzanne’s alimony demands, Dhoni’s extra marital affairs, or the women with the sexiest nipples. Those who subscribe within 24 hours will get ‘Successful women with fat bellies’ exclusively in their mailbox.