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Legal Trouble for ‘The Big Bang Theory’ over Derogatory Term Directed at Madhuri Dixit

Netflix’s popular show, The Big Bang Theory, has landed in legal trouble for using a derogatory term against legendary Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit.

The show’s character Jim Parson referred to Aishwarya Rai as “a poor man’s Madhuri Dixit,” to which Kunal Nayyar’s character responded with a highly offensive comment, “Madhuri Dixit is a leprous prostitute.”

Political analyst Mithun Vijay Kumar has issued a legal notice to Netflix demanding the removal of the episode, claiming that it promotes misogyny.

He emphasized that streaming service providers have a responsibility to carefully curate the content they offer on their platforms and ensure that it does not include derogatory, offensive, or defamatory content.

Kumar’s statement read, “I was deeply troubled by the use of a derogatory term in one of the shows on Netflix – Big Bang Theory.

This term was used in reference to the acclaimed actress Madhuri Dixit, and it was not only offensive and deeply hurtful but also showed a lack of regard for her dignity.”

Kumar urged streaming service providers to take such issues seriously and act quickly to address any instances of offensive or defamatory content.

He also called for clear guidelines and rigorous screening processes for all content published to prevent such content from being streamed.

The Big Bang Theory aired from September 2007 till May 2019 and featured Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons, Kunal Nayyar, Melissa Rauch, Mayim Bialik, and Simon Helberg.

The popular series has a significant fan following all over the world. However, the use of derogatory language against a respected actress has sparked outrage among fans and the wider public.

In conclusion, streaming service providers must be sensitive to cultural values and sentiments and ensure that the content they offer is respectful, inclusive, and free from harmful stereotypes.

The incident has highlighted the need for all streaming service providers to work towards creating a more equitable and respectful media landscape.

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