Lisa Haydon should take tips from Tanmay Bhat on how not to misinterpret feminism

Swetha Ramakrishnan

May,23 2016 11:27 00 IST

There was a time when we all thought Lisa Haydon was the most badass example of the fearless, independent woman. Not only did she star in one of the most foward thinking movies of our generation, Queen, she also shut down the famous KRK on Twitter when he publicly drooled over her.

For us, she could do no wrong. Which is why when we heard she was going to be a part of the Housefull series (they're hella regressive guys), we decided to give her the benefit of the doubt.

However, we may have to draw the line on this recent interview she gave to Times of India, ahead of the release of Housefull 3.

What seemed like a normal interview by Bombay Times, completely threw us off-guard when Haydon answered this question:

Do you think the concept of feminism is often misconstrued?

We were ready for Haydon to start a conversation about feminism, debunking the several myths revolving around the movement, and speaking about equality. However, in complete click-bait style, what she said next will shock you.

"I don't like the word feminist. I don't think women trying to be men is feminism. I also don't believe in being outspoken for the sake of it, or just to prove a point. Feminism is just an overused term and people make too much noise about it for no reason. Women have been given these bodies to produce children, and the spirit and tenderness to take care of people around us. It's fine to be an outspoken and working woman. I don't want to be a man. One day I look forward to making dinner for my husband and children. I don't want to be a career feminist."

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Lisa Haydon and Tanmay Bhat. Two ends of the spectrum. Images from IBN Live.

Before we contradict what Haydon has to say, let's just set one thing clear. If someone wants to be a particular way, it's their life and their choice.

If Lisa Haydon "doesn't want to be a man" and looks forward "to making dinner for my husband and children" that's on her, and we will not judge her for it.

However, here's what we have a problem with.

"Feminism is an overused term" and "Women have been given these bodies to produce children, and the spirit and tenderness to take care of people around us".

Firstly, we wonder if Haydon realises that if women actually have been given bodies only to reproduce, then the first character to have no social or cultural relevance would be Haydon's Vijay Lakshmi from Queen, someone who was fierce, independent, did what she wanted, had a life that wasn't defined by gender, and ALSO has a child.

Additionally, she would have no career. Or be able to even give that interview. Munch on that on your future dinner with your future husband, Lisa.

Secondly, as far as feminism being an overused term, we'll allow All India Bakch*d's Tanmay Bhat to speak on our behalf.

Just in case Lisa Haydon has no time between her interviews and planning her life goals of reproducing children, here are some excepts from his video:

"If you believe that men and women should have equal rights, that’s it. That’s what makes you a feminist. That's it. There’s nothing else."

"It pisses me off when people paint feminists as constantly whining."

"Equality is a fight that is being fought around the world for centuries now. It's the most basic thing."

"What is not a real issue to you is a real issue to a lot of people"

"Today you're in this position because people have been whining for years about something you don't think is relevant"

"If you haven't faced sexism, good for you. But don't stop other people from talking about it."

We'd pay money to watch Lisa Haydon and Tanmay Bhat in conversation. Make it happen, guys. Meanwhile, here's what Twitterati has to say about Haydon's comments: