Recently, a political analyst has sued Netflix for an episode of “The Big Bang Theory,” an American television sitcom.
A report from PTI says that he thinks it uses a “derogatory term” to talk about renowned Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit.
Mithun Vijay Kumar, a political analyst, sent a legal notice asking that the pilot episode of season 2 be taken down because characters played by Kunal Nayyar and Jim Parsons compared Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit.
In the scene—Sheldon Cooper calls Aishwarya Rai a poor man’s Madhuri Dixit. Responding to his comment, Raj Koothrapalli says, “Aishwarya Rai is a goddess; by comparison, Madhuri Dixit is a leprous prostitute”.
Mr. Kumar has stated that the derogatory remarks made by the character are both offensive and defamatory. He has threatened legal action against Netflix if the show is not removed as it encourages prejudice against women.
According to sources, the warning was sent to the Netflix headquarters in Mumbai.
“My client is deeply concerned about the negative impact such content can have on society, particularly in perpetuating harmful stereotypes and discrimination against women.”
The notice said, “This content is insensitive and promotes sexism and misogyny, which is unacceptable in any way.”
“It is important to hold companies like Netflix accountable for their actions and to ensure that they are sensitive to the cultural values and sentiments of the communities they serve. I was deeply troubled by using a derogatory term in one of the shows on Netflix – Big Bang Theory. This word was used to describe the famous actress Madhuri Dixit, and Mr. Kumar said that it was rude, hurtful, and disrespectful of her dignity.
Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady’s “The Big Bang Theory” premiered on CBS in 2007 and ran for 12 seasons before being terminated in 2019.