In a bold move, the makers of the popular sitcom the Kapil Sharma Show, and the broadcasting channel Sony Entertainment Television have sacked controversial politician and ex-cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu from the show.
This decision to sack Sidhu from the Kapil Sharma Show has been taken in the light of the massive outrage over the atrocious comments Sidhu made in favor of Pakistan after the Pulwama attack. Approximately 40 CRPF personnel had been martyred in the suicide explosion.
To quote the officials, who spoke about the decision to Times Now, “The channel has told the production house to sack Sidhu. It’s not a temporary thing. They are going to get him out. The channel has shot a couple of episodes with Archana Puran Singh and most probably, she will be the one replacing Sidhu.”
For those unaware, Navjot Singh Sidhu, well notorious for his penchant for Pakistan, tried to exonerate Pakistan in the light of the recent Pulwama attack. He repeated the rhetoric of terror has no religion, as he said, “For a handful of people, can you blame the entire nation and can you blame an individual? It (the attack) is a cowardly act and I condemn it firmly.”
If that wasn’t enough, he even went on to say that ‘terror has no nation’. This was enough to trigger a massive outrage against him on social media. A massive campaign titled #BoycottKapilSharmaShow was launched, where people threatened to boycott the show until and unless Navjot Singh Sidhu was thrown out from the show. Following are some of the tweets in that regard:-
@KapilSharmaK9 & @SonyTV से Request है कि #TheKapilSharmaShow से @sherryontopp को तुरंत हटाया जाए। जिस इंसान को भारतीय सैनिकों की परवाह नहीं, उस इंसान को मैं नहीं देख सकता। अगर ऐसा नहीं किया जाता है तो आज से #TheKapilSharmaShow देखना बंद।#Pulwama #CRPF #pulwamaattack
— Naveen Kumar Saini (@naveen1nk) February 15, 2019
@SonyTV @KapilSharmaK9 We request you to expel @sherryontopp from The Kapil Sharma Show & show courtesy to nation where you earn revenue. Removing him would be great tribute to our martyrs of Pulwama,else we would boycott this show henceforth "Kapil Sharma"
— Hitesh Vyas (@vyashit) February 15, 2019
— chandan kumar (@krchandan20) February 15, 2019
— Dinesh Joshi. (@dineshjoshi70) February 15, 2019
Moreover, Sony Entertainment Television has also proved with this decision that they are well capable of taking a tough stand on such issues. To quote the officials themselves, “It’s not a temporary thing. They are going to get him out. In fact, even in the past, during the MeToo movement, when there were allegations against Anu Malik, the channel took a stand.” As such, we applaud the channel for this bold and revolutionary step, and we hope that hate mongers like Navjot Singh Sidhu are dealt firmly as mentioned.