Not even a week old , and the new season of Bigg Boss is showing signs of anxiety fatigue.The effort to get eyeballs at any cost hit an all-time low in the first week of telecast itself when four female contestants Pavitra Punia, Nikki Tamboli, Rubina Dilaik and Jasmin Bhasinwere asked to “seduce” the resident-Cansanova of reality television Siddharth Shukla.
The “task” assigned for the ladies to earn themselves immunity from eviction not only smacks of misogyny it also has suspiciously pornographic connotations: want to be spared from punishment, come please Daddy!
While being assigned this despicable task the ladies couldn’t have been unaware of what the term “seduction” means. So if they are pleading innocence(“Mujhe toh pataa nahin tha seduction kya hota hai Mummy ne kabhi bataya hi nahin”) the ladies cannot be given the benefit of the doubt.
It is highly disturbing to see an endorsement of such pseudo-coquettish behavior at a time when men are constantly being pulled up for inappropriate behavior, or that a responsible influencer like Siddharth Shukla could ever be a part of such a deplorable and sleazy game of sham seduction.
During a conversation with this writer some time ago Shukla had expressed the highest respect for the other gender. “I would never do anything disrespectful toward women. It’s just not in my DNA.I’ve been brought up to respect men and women alike.”
And to now see Mr Shukla being happily “seduced” by a quartet of ladies. Quite a shock.