This is disturbing and disappointing!
Vairamuthu had revealed in an interview that the Mani Ratnam-AR Rahman-Vairamuthu combination is coming together again for Ponniyin Selvan, and informed that there will be 12 songs in the film, and they will capture the beauty of the Tamil of yore.
Many fans immediately expressed their disappointed that the acclaimed Mani Ratnam and AR Rahman have chosen to overlook the multiple #MeToo accusations against Vairamuthu and are working with him. A few even contrasted this with how Hollywood had handled accusations against producer Harvey Weinstein and actor Kevin Spacey by choosing to remove them from their projects.
Some also felt that it was injustice that while a #MeToo-accused continues to get work, the survivors, like singer Chinmayi (the most prominent among the women who have called out Vairamuthu), are being sidelined by the industry. Quite a few commented on the irony of AR Rahman coming up with Singapenney, a song that is about female empowerment, and then going on to work with a lyricist,especially after his own sister (AR Raihanah) had claimed that Vairamuthu’s transgressions were an open secret in the film industry.
This is extremely disappointing. #metoo #Vairamuthu @arrahman https://t.co/Ei7LWxJj1k
— #MeTooIndia (@IndiaMeToo) September 7, 2019
Such hypocrisy can be seen only in entertainment industry. Singers (@Chinmayi & others)name their abuser, they are now nowhere to be seen. The accused(vairamuthu) will be writing lyrics for #maniratnam ponniyin selvan. @arrahman Is #singapenney just in words but not in action? https://t.co/cp51t0D3M5
— Subaranjan Sundaram (@SubaranjanS) September 6, 2019
What do you guys think? Should the art be separated from the artist?
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