Much has been written about the clash between hairstylist Sapna Bhavnani and ‘the reporter’, who interviewed her, (Salman dances like a monkey in stupid movies; misuses people: Sapna Bhavnani ). Well, I am that reporter. And I am proud of a job ethically done. And here’s why:
Sapna claims to be unhappy because her interview also had her quotes on Salman Khan and the Bigg Boss show. Quotes she gave on record, by repeatedly saying, ‘quote me on this... you quote me on this’.
The article was published on the Hindustan Times website in the evening, on August 22, 2016. She read it, which has been confirmed by a well-placed source who she spoke to after reading it. But she chose to tweet her “disappointment” about the “bait title” only in the morning of August 23. (Probably, she was waiting for it to get noticed). Anyway, her concern would have been valid if it were bait, it weren’t! It would be ‘baity’ if it lacked accuracy.
When she was asked the question, if she would have a chapter on Bigg Boss in her book, the show that put her in the limelight, she used expletives to diss the show and the host. While giving these quotes, she insisted she was saying so ‘on record’, and repeatedly said, ‘you can quote me on this… you quote me on this’, while giving this particular quote. Who wouldn’t know abusing a celebrity of Salman Khan’s stature would get you your two-minute fame?
Here are some of the tweets which were exchanged:
You are digging yourself into an unethical rabbit hole. I would recommend u stop now! Have a nice day. https://t.co/tvSwiPY9Ar— Sapna Moti Bhavnani (@sapnabhavnani) August 23, 2016
She clearly knew what she was doing, when she insisted, in very clear terms, that she be quoted on her views on Bigg Boss and Salman Khan. Why sulk then? Then why pretend it wasn’t the intention. There are two types of people in the showbiz – the celebrities and the posers or wannabes. The posers try to create controversies, then chicken out and conveniently put the blame on media.
She also tweeted her unhappiness over Bollywood’s mention in it. Well, hello! You are part of the industry, since you cut hair of some real celebrities, and were also on TV for some time. After many requests from her team for an interview, the interview was agreed upon and it was clearly conveyed that the interview will be more than just about the book. Most importantly, when you don’t want to answer a question, you say ‘no comments’ not ‘you quote me on this’.
When questions on her books were asked, she said, ‘it’s Chapter One… that’s what it is, Chapter One.... for the rest, you will have to read about the book’. So specific questions were asked, such as, if there’s a chapter on Salman Khan – a star she often talks about? Or on Bigg Boss? Or her account of surviving gang rape? Everything has been reported verbatim.
So, now the question is: How ethical is it to back out, after insisting on being quoted? How ethical is it to abuse a star not because you genuinely feel about the issues but because you are desperate for two-minute fame?
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