Abhay Deol was in the news back in April when he took to social media and slammed fairness products and the celebrities who endorsed them. He did not even spare bigwigs like King Khan (who also endorses a fairness cream). The makers of Valerian and the City of Thousand Planets have awarded Bollywood actor Abhay Deol the “Valerian of Racism” for raising his voice against fairness creams, according to a report in the DNA. They will be selecting other Indian celebrities as well aiming to rid the country of other social menaces.
The actor decided to raise voice against fairness creams after a BJP MP referred to people in South India as ‘black’ when speaking to Al Jazeera. Abhay Deol took to Twitter soon after and slammed fairness products and the celebrities who endorsed them. He posted screen grabs of them posing with the products and added comments where he called it blatant racism. Beginning with the epic Shahrukh Khan and then moving on to others like Sonam Kapoor, Siddharth Malhotra, John Abraham, Vidya Balan and Deepika Padukone among others, he criticized each for trying to ‘sell’ the fairness concept. He slammed matrimonial sites which describe skin tones as ‘dusky’ and ‘wheatish’ among others. He says it’s ingrained in our ‘psyches’ to think this way. Although towards the end of his epilogue he did commend the actors (Kangana Ranaut and Ranbir Kapoor) who ‘refused’ to endorse fairness creams and ‘fight racism.’ He put up Nandita Das’ poster which urges people to stand up against racism stating, “Stay unfair. Stay beautiful.”
Although none of the actors decided to respond to Abhay’s comments, his co-star from movie Aisha, Sonam Kapoor decided to upload an image of Abhay’s cousin Esha Deol endorsing a fairness product. She said she agreed with him and asked for his thoughts on Esha’s poster. When Abhay responded positively and asked Sonam to use her ‘power’ to bring the issue further, Sonam was apparently trolled on Twitter. Although she expressed her disappointment with the trolls, she ended up deleting all her tweets.