Chennai: Actor-turned-BJP politician S Ve Shekher has stoked a controversy with his derogatory remarks about the media and in particular against women scribes, drawing the ire of journalists. His shared Facebook post, reportedly put out on Thursday but later found removed, makes insinuations against the media and women journalists in light of the 'patgate' row involving Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit.
Shekher's shared post also had some caustic references to the woman scribe whose cheek the governor patted. These drew instant condemnation, with a number of individual journalists lashing out at his post. The Chennai Union of Journalists criticised Shekher for the post, with many journalists also taking to Twitter and Facebook to condemn him.
The 78-year-old governor had patted on the cheek of a woman journalist earlier this week during the conclusion of a press meet in Chennai, apparently to diplomatically avoid queries posed by her. The incident had triggered a furore with political parties, including the opposition party Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), calling for his removal as Tamil Nadu governor.
Purohit had later apologised to the woman scribe. She accepted his apology but doubted his contention behind the act.
With inputs from PTI