Akshay Kumar’s Samrat Prithviraj Lyricist Varun Grover Expresses Solidarity With AltNews’ Zubair

Akshay Kumar star lyricist Samrat Prithviraj and #MeToo has accused Varun Grover of being taught a lesson in freedom of speech and expression after downplaying death threats against BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma. Netizens pointed to his double standard by explaining that he once said that freedom of speech should also include the freedom to insult.

On Sunday, Grover expressed solidarity with self-proclaimed fact-checker and co-founder of AltNews, Mohammed Zubair, who blasted a crowd of Islamists online by sharing a post from Nupur Sharma making claims about the Prophet Muhammad. This led to a series of rape and murder threats against her and her family. Social media users were also outraged that instead of siding with the woman receiving rape and death threats, Varun Grover stood with the man who started it all.

Grover watered down Zubair’s leadership of an online Islamist mob and claimed all he did was ‘call out hate speech’ and even called Sharma’s comments about the Prophet Muhammad ‘legally problematic’ “.

In response to the tweet above, one pointed out how Grover previously defended “comedian” Munawar Faruqui for insulting Hindu gods and goddesses under the guise of “comedy.”

Faruqui, in one of his stand-up performances, used lyrics from a popular Bollywood score to mock Lord Rama during his 14 years in exile, and portrayed Sita as an insecure wife of her, suspicious of her husband Lord Rama’s loyalty to her. Subsequently, people had called for a boycott of his “comedy” shows which hurt Hindu feelings.

However, for Grover, what’s good for the goose isn’t really good for the gander. Faruqui had every right to offend Hindu feelings and get away with it, but Sharma quotes an Islamic religious text and is called “hate speech”.

Author Aabhas Maldahiyar pointed out that Sharma was just quoting from an Islamic text. “Quran 17.1: Prophet on Flying Horse/Ane Bukhari 5134: The Prophet married her when she was six years old and he consummated his marriage when she was nine years old. Ask “Chidiyaghar ka Bhalu” to check the facts. Bukhari and author of the Koran = merchant of hate? ” he added.

Quoting Varun’s tweet, Twitter user and podcaster Kushal Mehra wrote, “Is quoting religious sources hate speech? So is religion itself hate speech? »

In a subsequent tweet, he wrote, “I believe hate speech is part of freedom of expression. But these haters of hate speech need to solve this internal problem. Because if they want to ban hate speech, they need several religious verses…”

Another popular Twitter user tweeted how people like Grover show their true colors by siding with the offenders just because the victim is of a different political ideology.

Another social media user also pointed out how Grover justified the threats Sharma received by calling her remarks “hate speech”.

Notably, Varun Grover has previously been accused of sexually abusing a woman. During the #metoo movement in 2018, an unnamed woman claiming to be her college junior at BHU accused Grover of sexually harassing her under the guise of auditioning for a play. However, he had denied these allegations.

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