After TVF’s denial of incidents of sexual harassment committed by its founder Arunabh Kumar, comedian José Covaco has taken it upon himself to ‘fix’ what is called an appropriate response to the issue.
When several women have stepped up to accuse The Viral Fever (TVF) founder and CEO Arunabh Kumar of sexual harassment after an anonymous Medium post with similar claims went viral, TVF defiantly rubbished all allegations taking the same route of doubting the woman, or in this case, the women’s versions.
They called the accusation “ludicrous and defamatory” and “categorically false, baseless and unverified”.
Instead of looking into the possibility of the women’s accounts, it gave a recalcitrant response.
It is unfortunate to witness gender biases in the most upbeat of all modern workplaces. While all accounts have a possibility to be falsified, something as serious as sexual harassment cannot be dismissed without a probe.
As if TVF’s uncooperative comment wasn’t disconcerting enough, dubbing the Medium post as slander in an interview to Mumbai Mirror, TVF founder and CEO said, “I am a heterosexual, single man and when I find a woman sexy, I tell her she’s sexy... I will approach a woman, but never force myself.”
Many more appalled social media users have spoken up on TVF’s unrefined official reaction.
Here is what TVF should have said.We can't react to anonymous blogs - but we have best corporate practices in place for official complaints.— Naomi Datta (@nowme_datta) March 13, 2017
I don't think anonymous blogs should be the only version on any story - but that TVF press release needs serious redrafting.— Naomi Datta (@nowme_datta) March 13, 2017
Candidate: So what is your policy on sexual harassment?— Naomi Datta (@nowme_datta) March 13, 2017
TVF HR: In keeping with the philosophy of our comedy collective, it is a joke
Just catching up on all the news about Arunabh Kumar's alleged misdemeanours. Guilty or not, that statement by TVF is appalling.— Aniruddha Guha (@AniGuha) March 13, 2017
@EkThapaTiger seriously, the least TVF could do was pass a more sensitive official statement. That one clearly sounds like a threat.— Apurva Jain (@SheenaApur) March 13, 2017
From a team that has delivered brilliant content, they needed a better media statement. #TVF— Abhishek Baxi (@baxiabhishek) March 13, 2017