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Bollywood filmmaker shuts down homophobic troll

Emma Powys Maurice August 19, 2019
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Bollywood director Karan Johar (Ishan Tankha/The India Today Group/Getty)

Indian filmmaker Karan Johar perfectly hit back at a Twitter troll who questioned his sexuality on Monday (August 18).

Often informally referred to as ‘KJo’, Johar is a director, producer, screenwriter, actor and television personality who has worked on several hit Bollywood films. He commands a 16.6 million strong fan base on Twitter.

The 47-year-old attracted questions about his sexuality after he became a single parent to two twin babies through surrogacy.

He has now grown resilient to the trolls, previously explaining: “While most people have alarm clocks, I get to wake up every morning to “gay ma*****od, good morning.”

Karan Johar during IIFA Bollywood Awards 2004 in Singapore. (Y K Foo/WireImage/Getty)

In a now-deleted tweet sent on Monday, the troll told Johar: “Karan Johar k life pe ek movie banani chahiye [a film should be made on Karan Johar’s life], KARAN JOHAR: the gay.”

Johar quickly called out the homophobic comment, replying: “You absolutely original genius! Where have you been hiding all this while??? Thank you for existing and emerging as the most prolific voice on Twitter today!!!”

The Twitter troll promptly deleted the tweet, but not before it had been seen by Johar’s followers. Hundreds of fans leapt to the filmmaker’s defence:

Johar is co-parenting his two children with his mother. As a result, his sexuality, personality and parenting skills are heavily scrutinised in Indian media.

In response to tweets accusing him of having “a gender malfunction,” he said: “I was born a man, I am proud to be a man, I have a woman in me that makes me more of a man.”

He added: “Initially, when I used to get [online abuse], I used to deal with it by being upset and being angry but then I got into the state of indifference. And now I am in a state of glorious amusement.

“You can talk about me, but don’t make it sound like I have a disease or something is wrong with me and I should shut up because you think I am gay. Then you should shut up because you have no life. That’s the way I look at it.”

Related topics: Bollywood, India

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