We are all familiar with the name Sabyasachi Mukherjee who is an Indian Fashion designer from Kolkata. The ace designer has ruled the Indian fashion scene since 1999, selling his designer merchandise using the label Sabyasachi. However, the man grabbed the headlines recently but not because of his expertise in fashion. This time he was roasted on Twitter because of a statement of his own.
Sabyasachi was the designer of the outfits of Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Bollywood diva Anushka Sharma when the two tied the knots last year in December making it one of the most talked about wedding in Indian history. Time is not going right for Sabyasachi as he has been accused by photographers for using their pictures on his social media without accrediting them.
However, this time Sabyasachi Mukherjee was held guilty for a different reason on Twitter. The man shamed Indian woman for not being able to drape sarees properly even though it is a part of their culture. His motive might’ve been different but the way he said it led to an internet bashing and most don’t approve of it.
“I think, if you tell me that you do not know how to wear a saree, I would say shame on you. It’s a part of your culture, (you) need stand up for it,” he said at the Harvard India Conference.
Critics bashed Sabyasachi by mocking him for not knowing how to cook food from his culinary culture because as per his words people should know everything that there is within one’s culture. He has been called a male chauvinist for having such opinions.
Every person who is aware of the news, let alone feminists, took the opportunity to slam the designer for his orthodox and unreasonable viewpoint.
Most girls wear sarees, to begin with the argument, and this would never subside from our contemporary world. But, shaming on those who say they can not wear a saree is not how you try to convince people to wear them. To be very honest, the designer sarees that Sabyasachi sells are way too expensive for those common people whom he is trying to belittle; perhaps a way to sell more from his stock. You acknowledge your culture, that is enough. You don’t have to learn everything to feel like you are a part of it. And even if you want to, it is your choice. No one can make you feel ashamed for not knowing something they think is essential.
Maybe fewer young women are not wearing sarees because you're selling em for 80K bro pic.twitter.com/atGail8ehq
— Tanmay Bhat (@thetanmay) February 12, 2018
Shame on Sabyasachi if he doesn't know how to make a samosa or dhokla. It's a part of his culinary culture. https://t.co/0jB0JUzgyQ
— Siddharth Singh (@siddharth3) February 12, 2018
i was going to roll my eyes at this but apparently he said it "to thunderous applause" to a bunch of desis at harvard. happy for both parties, hope they leave women in india alone: https://t.co/0NynrnNNNh
— Rosie Roti (@supriyan) February 12, 2018
“I think, if you tell me that you do not know how to wear a saree, I would say shame on you. It's a part of your culture, (you) need stand up for it.” You know what else is part of our culture? Patriarchy. Shame on you for perpetuating it. https://t.co/C0j2d8ss48
— Rituparna Chatterjee (@MasalaBai) February 12, 2018
— Mayanka Sharma (@mayankasharma01) February 12, 2018