The ONV Award is a prestigious award that is given to litterateurs, poets, lyricists across India, in memory of late poet ONV Kurup. This award was conferred on Tamil poet and lyricist Vairamuthu this year. After the award was announced, Parvathy Thiruvothu took to her Instagram account to object to this, and call out the award jury for honouring Vairamuthu, a #MeToo accused, with the award. In a strongly-worded post on Instagram, Parvathy called it an ‘immense disrespect’ to give such a prestigious award to a #MeToo accused.
Parvathy, in her Instagram post, put out a statement that read, “ONV Sir is our pride. His contribution as a poet and lyricist is incomparable. How it has nourished our culture. Our hearts and minds have benefited through his body of work. This is exactly why it is immense disrespect to give such an honour in his name to the accused of sexual assault crimes.” Further in her caption, she questioned how the award jury justifies this decision. She wrote that as many as 17 women have come out with their stories against Vairamuthu. “17 women have come out with their stories. We don’t know how many more have been wronged. There seems to be enough whataboutery to continue wronging those who are wronged. Only to uphold the reputation of those in power. Nothing is more important than humanity,” she wrote.
She further warned people not to come at her with ‘art vs artist’ debate, saying that the humanity of the person creating the art is the only thing she will look at. “If you come at me with the art vs artist debate, let me tell you that for me the humanity of the person creating the art is the only thing I’d choose to look at. I can live without the “art” of those who hollow out lives with absolute impunity. How do you justify this? #adoorgopalakrishnan and the jury who decided to the accused Vairamuthu this honour,” wrote Parvathy.
Parvathy is among one of the most famous South Indian actors. She has starred in films such as Milana, City of God, Maryan, Bangalore Days, Ennu Ninte Moideen, Charlie, Koode, Uyare. ALSO READ: Irrfan Khan's Qarib Qarib Singlle Co-Star Parvathy Reacts To Karan Johar’s Tweet On 75 Years Of India’s Independence; Calls It ‘YUCK’
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