Actor Siddharth’s tweets to Saina Nehwal turned sensational and attracted criticism from all over. The actor tweeted to Saina Nehwal with allegedly sexist remarks after the badminton star condemned the attacks on PM Modi.
Saina wrote, ‘No nation can claim itself to be safe if the security of its own PM gets compromised. I condemn, in the strongest words possible, the cowardly attack on PM Modi by anarchists.’. And Siddharth’s deleted tweet for it reads, ‘Subtle cock champion of the world.. Thank God we have protectors of India’. Though later he tried to control the damage by saying it was a ‘COCK & BULL’ reference and nothing disrespectful intended, it escalated to a bigger issue.
Now Siddharth responded to the controversy and issued a public apology to Saina Nehwal in a letter. Dear Saina. I want to apologise to you for my rude joke that i wrote as a response to a tweet of yours, a few days ago. I may disagree with you on many things but even my disappointment or anger when i read your tweet, cannot justify my tone and words. I know i have more grace in me than that. As for the joke… If a joke needs to be explained, then it wasn’t a very good joke to begin with. Sorry about a joke that didn’t land. I, however must insist my word play and humour had none of the malicious intent that so many people from all quarters have attributed to it. I am a staunch feminist ally and i assure you there was no gender implied in my tweet and certainly no intent to attack you as a woman. I hope we can put this behind us and that you will accept my letter. You will always be my Champion.’
Siddharth issued this apology letter after Saina’s father demanded it and also Saina and her husband Kashyap ridiculed Siddharth’s sexist tweet.