Mandvi in Mumbai

Richard Gere and Shilpa Shetty got their PDA on a few days ago (raising AIDS awareness never looked so sexy yaar) and India is still reeling from it all.

The Daily Show‘s Senior Mumbai Bureau Chief Aasif Mandvi brings us this report on the uproar and how Al Sharpton is coping.

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April 18, 2007
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  1. April 23, 2007, 12:40 am Scott

    For a society who has been deeply damaged by colonialism can one think of a more offensive image of a white guy grabbing a daughter of India and forcing himself upon her? It is so symbolic. It is right in line with the image of the white colonist forcing himself upon a country and just taking whatever he wants.

    Richard Gere should pay the ultimate price for this.

    What bothers me however is those who would blame Shilpa Shetty for this.

    Too often women victims of rape in India are blamed for what happened like they wanted the rape to happen or it was their fault the rape happened even when the truth might be that the rapists brutalized them and they couldn’t stop the rape from happening.

    While of course Richard Gere didn’t actually rape Shilpa Shetty, I still see this whole “Blame the Woman Victim” dynamic in place. From what I saw from the video Shilpa Shetty did nothing to cause Richard Gere to act the way he did, and was in fact as shocked as everyone else was that he would act in such a disgraceful manner.

    We need to defend this daughter of India, not blame her for this white man’s assault upon her.