Post her song release 'Kehnde Rehnde' on cyber bullying, highlighting sexism and trolling, singer Neha Bhasin has written this open letter that represents her experiences about cyberbullying and what she wants to convey to the haters. In this open letter without even losing her cool for once, she has in fact thanked everyone who hated her. Also she described the aftermath of her song release which got her rape threats, death threats and some gory messages as to what can happen with her for speaking up.
Her open read, “An open letter to those who hate me: Thank you
There is no sarcasm, not a tinge of anger as I write this. I am, on the contrary, grateful to every person, who has demeaned me, tried to "show me my place" or told me to "behave like a woman". I have received rape threats, death threats, gory descriptions of what they will do to me if I don't abide by the rules of society.” Further calling these trolls as nameless and faceless people those slammed her, has only encouraged her to touch the skies.
“And here's the interesting part - 'They' are nameless, faceless people, who have decided to moral my life. Thank you, for trying to bury me down. You only encourage me to touch the skies. Thank you, for asking me to cover up, you only encouraged me to bare my heart open and show the nakedness of my soul.”
She also mentioned just like she counts her blessings showered on her by her followers, she also counts the unpleasant messages that come her way. “Being a celebrity, being followed by millions, being loved by even more is a blessing that I count on every day of my life. But, I also count the abuses, the curses, and the deaths that come my way. To the people who troll me - I read EVERY ONE OF YOU! I read the sadness and frustration that society has levied upon you and I am sorry that no one helped you. But I am also sorry, that I don't give a rat's ass about what you think of me.” ALSO READ: After Hina Khan Lashes Out At Top Designers, Neha Bhasin Also Presses The Alarm Button; Hina Says 'Class Can Beat Classism'
Adding further she mentions if they think this bullying will push her in a corner then she asks them to give up on that thought. “You think that you can ask me to hide in a corner as I pray to survive? That ain't happening. You think you can send abuses and gory texts hiding behind your computer screen? Sure, but that ain't changing a thing in my life. I am born to shine and I will do so without anyone telling me to 'cover up'.”
Taking a dig at the people who believe in gender biases, she mentioned neither men nor women in the society have to prove their identity, “And it's is not just me, it the men of the society too, who are at the receiving end. Who, at a young age starts hearing the phrase 'Man Up!'. So, here's my question to you all - How do you Man Up? How do you prove to society that you are a 'man'. Let me help you with an answer - You don't! You don't have to prove yourself to anyone that you are a man, you don't have to prove yourself to anyone that you are a woman who is worth the respect. You don't have to essentially 'identify' as anything to be accepted and loved. We all deserve love and respect because that is what is called 'human-ity'.”ALSO READ: Anu Malik Me Too Row: Sona Mohapatra And Neha Bhasin Slam Hemaa Sardesai Who Supported Malik; Say, She Is 'Victim Shaming'
On the concluding note slyly slamming them and pitying them too, she wrote, “So, my dear cyberbullies, who wear the masks of anger, anguish, sexism, bullying, racism, and hatred, I am sorry that no one stood by you and I am thankful that you encouraged me to shout louder, rise higher, and shine brighter! Because every time you tell me that I am a certain degree less of a respectable woman, all I say to myself behind my screen - Kehnde Rehnde Shussshhhh!”
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