No shame

Bollywood actors defend former porn star after offensive interview

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Many Indians have jumped to the defense of Sunny Leone, an Indian-Canadian porn actress turned Bollywood star, after she had to field a series of offensive questions from a TV journalist. TV journalist Bhupendra Chaubey went after her with a flood of aggressive series of questions about whether she felt she was  “lowering the level of the fine art of cinema” and if she believes that it’s her “body that will ultimately take you everywhere?” Leone, who transitioned from acting in adult movies, then reality TV and eventually a very successful career in the Indian film industry, responded calmly to the questions and insisted she saw no shame in her former line of work. “Everything I’ve done in my life has led me into this seat,” she told Chaubey. “Everything has been a stepping-stone to something bigger or better.”

The interview quickly went viral and saw many Indians, including fellow actors Farah Khan, Vidya Balan, Rishi Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Arshad Warsi and Shahid Kapoor come to Leone’s defense, criticizing the interviewer for his prejudice and offensive questions. As the Washington Post points out, the controversy about the interview says a lot about the country’s ambiguous attitudes toward sex: despite being the world’s third largest consumer of porn, for example, a scene in the latest James Bond movie Spectre was censored by the government for featuring a kiss that was “excessive in duration.” Chaubey defended himself after the interview, saying that his “moral” line of questioning is a part of the story, writing, “I did mention this multiple times in course of the interview that Indians were a bunch of hyper hypocritical people.”

Read the full story at The Washington Post and Mashable.

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