B-Town and music fraternity erupt in outrage over Yesudas' sexist comment

  • Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 05, 2014 10:29 IST

Social media recently erupted in outrage over celebrated ­singer, Padma Bhushan awardee KJ Yesudas' comment that advised women to avoid wearing jeans.

"Women should not wear jeans and trouble others. You should dress modestly and do not behave like men (sic)," the 74-year-old singer had said in Thiruvananthpuram on Thursday.

Also read: 'Women in jeans against Indian culture'

Twitter was abuzz all of Friday with angry ­reactions from men and women alike. The film and music fraternity, too, lashed out.


"Considering the legend that Yesudas is, it's shocking that he said such a thing," says music composer Shekhar Ravjiani.

"I don't agree with Yesudas ji at all. Who is he to say what to wear and what not to wear?" says lyricist Sameer.

Also read:National Women's panel head slams Yesudas

When we tried to contact Yesudas for a comment, his manager said that he has left for America.

However, news agencies later quoted CPI-M politician MA Baby, who's close to the singer, as saying, "Yesudas's wife Prabha told me that he is pained in the manner in which his good intentioned remarks to women in general that they should be modestly dressed was taken out of context."

Note: HTC with agency inputs

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