“Not Cute When You Look At Us And Say Idly Dosa,” Shruti Haasan Calls Out Micro Racism Against South Indians

It is important to keep in mind that such stereotypes can be hurtful.

by Tooba Shaikh
“Not Cute When You Look At Us And Say Idly Dosa,” Shruti Haasan Calls Out Micro Racism Against South Indians

Shruti Haasan, the uber-talented actor and also the daughter of the famous actor Kamal Haasan, recently took to social media to call out the microaggression and discriminatory comments against South Indians that routinely happen on the Internet. Here is how she called it out and what she said regarding micro-aggressive discriminatory stereotypes of South Indians that North Indians often show. It is important to keep in mind that such stereotypes can be hurtful.

Shruti Haasan Calls Out Micro Aggressions Against South Indians 

Shruti Haasan
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It all started with her AMA or Ask Me Anything prompt. She was stuck in traffic and asked her followers to “ask her something stupid.” And what do you know, her followers came through. One of the first questions she responded to was what she called “micro racism.”

The question was a request for her to say something in a South Indian accent. She responded by calling out the question’s inherent discriminatory and prejudiced underpinnings. She responded to the question by saying that this type of micro-racism is not okay at all.

Haasan further went on to say that it is not cute when such people look at South Indians and call them “Idly Dosa”. She then also stated that these people don’t imitate South Indians well either so they should not try to imitate South Indian accents.

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Why These Caricatures Are Disrespectful And Insensitive

 

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For those who may not know, micro-aggressions are covert comments or behavioural displays that exhibit hidden prejudices against a group of people, a gender, or marginalised communities in general.

The question, to many, may seem like a seemingly harmless request. However, it shows that the person who asked it views all South Indians as nothing more than the caricatures portrayed of them in the media.

It is grossly reductive of a plethora of cultures that contribute many vibrant threads in the demographical tapestry of India. As a diverse nation, we must be mindful of such comments.

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Do you agree with what Shruti Haasan has said? Have you ever seen anyone perpetrate these stereotypes? Let us know in the comments section below!

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