Twitter users ask Hariharan to be 'careful' of MeToo allegations after singer announces concert with Chinmayi Sripada
Singer Chinmayi Sripaada, who named lyricist Vairamuthu as a sexual harasser was trolled for not reporting the alleged incident back when it happened
Singer Chinmayi Sripada, who named lyricist Vairamuthu as a sexual harasser and accused him of behaving inappropriately with her at an event in 2005/2006, was trolled on social media for not reporting the alleged incident back when it happened. The comments came from several Twitter users after she announced a US concert with singer Hariharan, marking his 40 years in music, on the micro-blogging website.
Soon after the announcement was made, some Twitter users asked Hariharan to be "careful" around her if he wanted to be safe from allegations of sexual harassment.
Onnum kavalapada theva illa hariharan sir
Ungala compliant pannumpothu neenga
Setthu karumadhi mudinjirukum..
— Chandru (@Chandru35852706) October 20, 2018
The tweet has been written in Tamil, but translates to: "Don’t worry Hari Sir, by the time she complains about you, your final rites would be completed." Another user said, "40 years later, there will be one #MeToo parcel for Hariharan."
Ingaiyum evanathu unkita vambu pana poran nee 2030 la tweet poda pora
— Trouble Maker (@awsumjoseph) October 20, 2018
The tweet translates to: "He might harass you during the concert, and you will tweet about it in 2030."
Another user shamed Sripaada for not reporting the alleged incident earlier by saying, "She will accuse Hariharan of sexually harassing her 15 years later."
கரிகரன் மீது என்ன குற்றஞ்சாட்டு சொல்ல போறாலோ
— Aathisivan (@paramaathisivan) October 20, 2018
"13 years later, you'll accuse Hariharan of pulling your hand, right?" asked another.
13 வருஷம் கழிச்சி அந்தாளும் கைய புடிச்சி இழுத்தான்னு பிராது குடுக்கப் போறே..அதானே..? — Fahim Amanullah (@AmanullahFahim) October 21, 2018
Sripada has been at the forefront of India's #MeToo movement and has called out several prominent personalities from the South Indian film and music industry on the basis of the accounts sent to her by survivors.
According to a study conducted by the Women's Media Center feminist organisation, the media coverage of #MeToo and sexual assault jumped 52 per cent in 2018 after the initial 'The New York Times' and 'New Yorker' stories dropped
The #MeToo movement, which started in the United States in October 2017, gave millions of women around the world a powerful rallying cry to denounce sexual violence