Smriti Irani becomes target of sexist and crass attacks by media and on social media

The biggest name to be affected after the Cabinet reshuffle was Smriti Irani who was moved from the high profile HRD Ministry to prima-facie low-key Textile Ministry. Although on the face of it she might be the big loser, there could be some other factors which could result in her having the last laugh, as noted here. But for now, a section of people were seen celebrating her demotion. There maybe nothing wrong in celebrating the perceived downfall of an opponent or a person you dislike, but the standard of attacks was crass and coarse.

The first big indication of the treatment meted out by the media was of course the reporting. While Smriti Irani was “dropped”, Jayant Sinha was reported to have been “shifted”, the use of words indicating the message which was being conveyed:

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The Telegraph who seems to have a problem with Smriti Irani for a long time, chose a very crass and sexist front page to mock Smriti Irani:

Many expressed their anger at this very poor below the belt attack:

Journalist Shekhar Gupta though chose to defend the sexist cartoon:

Sagarika Ghose even went on to mock a case of voyeurism filed by Irani against FabIndia when she had found that a camera in the store was directed towards the ladies changing room:

Yes, when you have a chance to attack a Right Wing politician, feminism goes for a toss and even a case of voyeurism becomes “targetting of FabIndia”. There was more unabated bile when columnist for Economic Times, Rajyasree was also panned online for her cheap sexist remarks.

She had earlier indulged in body shaming Smriti Irani when she had complained about the FabIndia voyeurism incident, so this latest outburst could be called expected:

Failed Bollywood starlet Bhairavi Goswami also jumped in, raking up the past of a person who moved up the ladder of society through hard work and not through skin-show like Goswmai herself:

When the path was shown by media houses, media personalities and celebs, how can trolls be far away. A hashtag #ByeByeSmriti was trending which was soon used by Congress social media team members to pass cheap comments:


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