Rhea Chakraborty’s “Smash the Patriarchy” T-Shirt Has Found Detractors… And a Support Group Overnight

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Rhea Chakraborty’s “Smash the Patriarchy” T-Shirt Has Found Detractors… And a Support Group Overnight

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Actor Rhea Chakraborty was sent to judicial custody on Tuesday — not for murder, or siphoning money from her late boyfriend’s account, or being a “black magic practitioner”, or for most of the accusations hurled at her by news anchors in the last few months, but because she apparently bought some weed for her boyfriend Sushant Singh Rajput. At the Narcotics Control Bureau in Mumbai, where the actor appeared for questioning on Tuesday, Rhea was spotted wearing a T-shirt that read, “Roses are red, violets are blue, let’s smash the patriarchy, both me and you”.

This “let’s smash the patriarchy” phrase has now become a slogan of sorts for supporters of Rhea, who have been taking to social media to stand with the actor as well as protest against the months-long witch hunt by the media that has seen the involvement of three central investigation agencies over a few grams of marijuana.

All over social media, peers and supporters of Rhea trended the hashtag “JusticeforRhea” along with the patriarchy quote from the actor’s T-shirt. Rhea’s father was one of the first few to take up the slogan.

Followed soon by several prominent names in the industry, including filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, and actors Farhan Akhtar and his sister Zoya, Dia Mirza, Vidya Balan, and Neha Dhupia.

 

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Actor Sonam Kapoor shared the picture along with the caption, “Everyone loves a witch hunt as long as it’s someone else’s witch being hunted.”

 

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Actor Taapsee Pannu, who has been vocal in her support for Chakraborty from the start, asked if Sushant Singh would be put behind bars for the same crime if he was alive today. She also reminded her followers that no one can be force-fed marijuana.

Amid this outpouring of support, the actor’s father, Indrajit Chakraborty put out a few appeals on Twitter for justice — one directed at his peers in the army, and another directed at the nation’s “stoners” who he said should take this arrest personally.

And a few of the nation’s “stoners” obliged, as the hashtag “BlazeItUpforRhea” began to trend soon after, with several on social media sharing pictures of themselves smoking marijuana in support of the actor. Many others put out reminders that marijuana is a common substance in our country, one that even sadhus consume at the Kumbh Mela.


With Rhea Chakraborty now remanded in judicial custody for the next 14 days – she will be taken to Mumbai’s Byculla jail today – it’s clear that she was fated to be arrested on any charge right from the start of this media trial. Given the brashness with which the case has reported, with reporters hounding the actor and everyone close to her, the backlash doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon.

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