‘Casual sexism’: People call out Amitabh Bachchan for his comments on economist Gita Gopinath

On Friday, the economist shared a fan moment with the actor on her Twitter, but people found Amitabh's comments sexist.

Hyderabad: Gita Gopinath, the Chief Economist of the International Monetary Fund shared her fan moment on Friday when actor Amitabh Bachchan praised her beauty during a round in the popular quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati.

Sharing a video from the episode, Gopinath tweeted “Ok, I don’t think I will ever get over this. As a HUGE fan of Big B the Greatest of All Time, this is special!”

Replying to this the actor wrote,

https://twitter.com/SrBachchan/status/1352517169981120512

Bachchan asks the contestant to identify the organisation of which Gopinath is the Chief Economist of by displaying her image on the screen. As he lists the four options to the contestant, he says “Her face is so beautiful that no one can relate her to the economy.”

Although the economist took this as a huge compliment, many netizens pointed out the sexism in the comment and rightly so.

https://twitter.com/JournoShadab/status/1352587363893960712

Ms Gopinath joined International Monetary Fund as its chief economist in 2019, becoming the first woman to occupy the top IMF post.

The India-born economist, who is the 11th chief economist of the IMF, is also the second Indian after former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan to hold the position.

All these achievements to her credit, yet she remains just a pretty face for many. It’s high time we get over the beauty with brain obsession and acknowledge a person for their achievements and not put them in a box for having a ‘pretty face.’

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