After a participant from Guwahati on a dancing reality programme was treated to racist comments, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said racism should be condemned “unequivocally.”
In a video that has gone viral on social media, “Dance Deewane 3” host-dancer Raghav Juyal is seen presenting a participant from the North East while speaking gibberish, apparently mocking Mandarin, the Chinese language.
Netzines denounced the host’s racist statement and called for action against the presenter and the show.
However, in the video it was seen that the judges in the show, which include actor Madhuri Dixit-Nene and filmmaker Remo D’Souza, inquire what he’s attempting to achieve, the host responds by making a racial statement against the young competitor Gunjan Sinha.
In the 40-second film, he is heard remarking, “People may not understand her Chinese, but they certainly understand her dance.”
On Twitter, the chief minister of Assam condemned the contestant’s “racist remarks.”
While the channel has yet to issue an official comment, Juyal (30) posted a video on Instagram in an attempt to “clarify the confusion.”
The host clarified in the video by saying that “We ask the kids what their hobbies are when they come on the show. ‘I can speak Chinese, I have this gift,’ Gunjan replied. And we used to have a good laugh at the things kids say. She began speaking gibberish when we asked her to speak Chinese. We’d ask her to talk in ‘Chinese’ on every episode after that, or ask her to speak in a language from another planet! “In the video, he says.
He went on to say “My relatives live in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh, respectively. In Nagaland, I have friends with whom I went to boarding school. I’m someone who strives to portray things in a politically correct manner while also speaking out against injustice and racism. Instead, anytime I take a stand for religion, caste, culture, or creed, I am frequently trolled “he stated
Juyal claimed he apologizes to anybody whose feelings were hurt at the end of the video.
“I’m truly sorry if I’ve offended you. It was never my nor the channel’s intention for something like this to occur. But, before going viral with a clip and judging, I’d like you to watch the entire show “he added.
The host also shared a clip on Twitter to clarify the whole incident