New Delhi: After a video featuring Jim Sarbh saying “I’d rather be raped by 12 prostitutes” went viral, the actor says his comments were taken out of context as he has never condoned any form of sexual violence.
Jim said in a statement to IANS: “It is unfortunate that my comments were taken out of context. I do not now nor have I ever condoned any form of sexual violence. This (video) has been picked out of context without a prelude where I am actually enacting parts of a play which is a dark satire.
“The piece I was seen delivering in the video is about a priest blowing a very casual question completely out of proportion, condemning alcohol, prostitutes and rape all simultaneously.
“I personally do not find it to be about a desire to rape, or to inflict sexual violence upon another, but a subversive and comedic response to an extremely volatile sentence.”
In a video that surfaced late on Thursday, Jim is seen acting some line in a private environment at an after-party event at the 71st Cannes Film Festival.
The video features Jim saying: “I’d rather be raped by 12 prostitutes than touch alcohol and the Punjabi says ‘Me too, I didn’t know that was an option’.”
Jim Sarbh is cancelled.
One. He made a hideous joke and included a vital thing called 'Rape'
Two. he included 'prostitute' in that "I would rather be raped by 12 prostitutes…" are you freaking kidding me ? you just stated that they are as equal as Rapists ?
Go get a life man
— shru. (@shrupidity) May 15, 2018
I am totally dissapointed in that entire group who were laughing at a rape joke. Being a @jimSarbh fan, dissapointed in him more for making such a joke.
— Rajeev (@AttitudeKnight) May 15, 2018
As Jim completes his ‘joke’, actress Kangana Ranaut, who is seen standing next to him, is seen cracking up along with the rest of the party.
Dear Jim Sarbh/ Kangana Ranaut
Rape jokes are not funny. Rape is NOT a joke. If you tell or laugh at jokes about rape you are a part of the problem. https://t.co/Pk5bSB9zCr
— YellowGlassDragon (@karishmau) May 15, 2018
Video got deleted so uploading it again.
Woke queen Kangana seen laughing at a rape joke here along with Jim Sarbh. Kangana had previously called out Salman for an insensitive rape remark.pic.twitter.com/B1lpIqy0Kg
— Od (@odshek) May 15, 2018
@jimSarbh very disappointed in you.
— Aroana (@aroana2404) May 17, 2018
Jim Sarbh making a rape joke and Kangana laughing on it only proves how most Bollywood actors are feminists just on the social media. Same goes for Sonam posting pic as to how she supports Salman.
Lesson: Don't take them too seriously.
— Aman (@cadence99) May 15, 2018
The “Neerja” fame actor says he understands the environment that “we live in just now, in light of recent events, but more frankly, in light of events going on since the beginning of human consciousness, rape is a deadly serious issue.
“I treat it as such. I did not intend to hurt anybody, and I certainly do not consider actual sexual or physical violence funny,” he said.
Jim, who delivered a remarkable performance as slave general Malik Kafur in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat”, is currently shooting in the US.