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Vicky Donor Actor Ayushmann Khurrana shared a photo of his GQ cover, on Instagram yesterday, where he can be seen wearing nail polish and Kajal. While The cover itself might be a dip towards the increasingly androgynous and gender non-conforming fashion being adorned by celebrities across the globe, but trouble occurred when Ayushmann captioned the post with “gender fluid" and a heart emoji.
Take a look at the post here:
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Many people, including the queer groups on Internet, took it to offence on the grounds that just wearing nail polish or applying any kind of gender-neutral fashion does not make one gender fluid, it is an identity in itself, no matter what fashion. When done by a cisgender heterosexual man, as is being assumed to be the case with Ayushmann since he has made no public statement to challenge that, it shows towards the appropriation of queer identities, and in some cases, might even contribute towards what is known as queerbaiting.
In order to get more context over the outrage, Bollywood and the Hindi film industry, in general, is known for its long-standing problem of casting cisgender heterosexual actors to play the roles of transgender and other queer roles.
Let’s see how Twitter reacted:
#AyushmannKhurrana with his beautiful nails, promoting his film #ChandigarhKareAashiqui where lead character opposite him is trans and that trans character is played by female actress although we have so many trans artists but yes ayushmann is game changer OK pic.twitter.com/jYsmx5jncq— Manas Joshi (@innocentmanasji) November 30, 2021
I wish you educated yourself before you signed for a movie related to this topic! Playing a character and real life are different things. You don't use this kind of thing for your movie promotion. @gqindia THERE ARE MANY DESERVING QUEER PEOPLE in India! #AyushmannKhurrana pic.twitter.com/xFDp7KMLE2— Thanos colored mfs ???? (@myohmycabello2) November 30, 2021
I am so done with #AyushmannKhurrana.— Ankit Khadgi (@ankitkhadgi) December 1, 2021
Always acting as if he's some messiah of queer people.
Also my heart just broke a little. What is even wrong with #AyushmannKhurrana dude?! Why can't people do some research? Heterosexual cis men wearing make up or nail paint isn't termed as Gender fluidity. #Genderfluidity is a #genderidentity— Sharadwiti. (@perkypyajamas) December 1, 2021
Let’s look beyond the nail paint and eyeliner, so we can normalise understanding what it really means to be a genderfluid person #AyushmannKhurrana— Shamita Harsh (@Shamitaharsh) November 30, 2021
Here’s the perfect thread by @swarnim0707 ???????? https://t.co/ppEZomLRMt
Ayushmann Quran rascal painting nails doesn’t make you gender fluid— Rajesh Shaker (@RajeshShaker) November 30, 2021
Put rainbow in bio only that makes you gender fluid and eligible to represent.
Put a trans woman to play the role of trans woman just like how Spider-Man is played by an actual spider.#AyushmannKhurrana #gq