Diljit Dosanjh has again managed to gain public attention over his tackily Photoshopped picture with US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump at the Taj Mahal. His tweet led to a meme fest and became the talk of social media.
Disappointingly, the educated middle-class went gaga over their favourite Punjabi boy’s cheesy, stalkerish, roadside Romeo-like, ‘chichhora’ behaviour. The problem is that most of us won’t even consider it as problematic. It is instead seen as light humour, when actually, Dosanjh is behaving like a social media predator.
Dosanjh’s idea of pouring one-sided ‘love’ on India’s guest is similar to Bollywood’s idea of ‘romance’ – harassment and stalking.
Dosanjh’s attention-seeking Photoshop gimmick epitomises the ‘no permission needs to be taken’ attitude most Indian men display. And Diljit Dosanjh is a repeat offender.
A repeat offender
The Punjabi munda’s comments on the Kardashian sisters’ pictures on Instagram have been popular for some time now. In fact, the list has increased in the last two years with him commenting on Gal Gadot and Ivanka Trump too. This is classic creepy ‘uncle’ behaviour.
Dosanjh’s behaves like every online stalker who keeps commenting on pictures of women and girls, flooding their DMs and asking absurd sexist questions.
“Acha gal sunn… aj gobi wale pranthe bana li… daee mai fadh ley aunga… (Listen, make gobi parantha, I will get the curd).” This was Diljit Dosanjh’s unsolicited comment on a picture of actor Gal Gadot chopping vegetables. It sounded like the Indian man’s version of “make me a sandwich”. It is not light humour, it is downright stereotyping.
Why can’t a woman chop her vegetables at her house, at her will, without taking other people’s food orders? Why can’t she be left alone without being asked to cook something for a man?
“Kudi Punjaban lagdi ah... (the girl looks Punjabi),” is another one of his comments on Gadot’s Instagram picture. Again, he projects his idea of a ‘good’ and ‘desirable’ Punjabi woman onto Gadot. If this isn’t the same behaviour we otherwise call toxic and obsessive, what is?
“Fittey muh”(an expression of disappointment) is what Diljit Dosanjh commented on Kylie Jenner’s intimate picture with her ex-boyfriend Tyga. Why is Diljit bothered? This is just one of Diljit Dosanjh’s many comments on Jenner’s photos. His scary obsession with Kylie Jenner has been going on for years now.
“Me and Ivanka. Piche hee Pey Gaee Kehndi Taj Mahal Jana Taj Mahal Jana… #tajmahal Mai Fer Ley Geya Hor Ki Karda?? (She was after me to see the Taj Mahal. Then I took her, what else could I have done?),” Dosanjh captioned his Photoshopped picture with Ivanka Trump. Even if Ivanka laughed it off, you and I shouldn’t. We live in India, and patriarchy is no secret. Diljit needs to unlearn misogyny, and understand that cheap sexist jokes about ‘women’ and shamelessly Photoshopping their photos cannot be veiled with Punjabi jokes.
A troll who needs to be stopped
Dosanjh’s behaviour is not only embarrassing but also pulls down India’s image. Not to forget that it encourages the Indian man’s obsession with foreign white-skinned women. Remember that Dosanjh is a Bollywood celebrity, with lakhs of fans.
“I comment in Punjabi, so that she doesn’t reply. My people should have fun that’s it,” Diljit Dosanjh once said about his obsession with Kylie Jenner. Social media trolls are known for their attention-seeking behaviour – and Diljit’s brazen comments surely act as catalysts.
We can begin with a small step. Let’s stop laughing at Diljit Dosanjh’s cheap idea of humour.
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