Indian film star Salman Khan drew the scorn of fans worldwide after he complained that filming his most recent movie, about a wrestler, was so grueling that he felt like a “raped woman.” He made the comments while promoting the film Sultan, and as reporters began laughing at the comment, he quickly said he didn’t think he should have made the remark and explained that he found it hard to work.
Khan was given a week to apologize by India’s National Commission for Women or else face a summons from the group, according to the BBC. The comments also sparked the hashtag #InsensitiveSalman on Twitter.
— Krishna Saagar Rao (@BJPKrishnasagar) June 21, 2016
— Neeraj Khaandelwal (@IamNeeraj_k) June 21, 2016
Rape and sexual violence against women have become national issues in India. Khan’s father, the actor Salim Khan, asked fans on Twitter to forgive his son.
“Undoubtedly what Salman said is wrong,” he said. “The intention was not wrong. Nevertheless I apologize on behalf of his family his fans & his friends.”
Read the full story at the BBC.