Did Mumbai-mirror go too far on Aishwarya's pregnancy ?
February 21, 2010 unthinkable 185038 reads 67 comments
As a female I know the pressures of getting married at a certain age and start your family but DAMN! I have never seen so many people have such a problem over one familys decision not to have a child yet! Every time Aishwarya gains weight she is pregnant! And even if she doesnt gain weight, you hear comments like "OMG aunty you need to just stay at home and get pregnant!" .. IF HER FAMILY DOESNT CARE ABOUT WHEN SHE IS GETTING PREGNANT WHY ARE YOU ALL? ... Anyways, such are the comments we read coming from random users on this site and other sites but recently in a well known newspaper 'Mumbai Mirror", an article was printed that is causing quiet a controversy :
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is in no mood to forgive and forget daily tabloid Mumbai Mirror for allegedly invading the privacy of his daughter-in-law actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and for claiming that she can't risk pregnancy due to stomach tuberculosis. He has demanded an apology from the newspaper.
Amitabh said if anyone spoke derogatorily about her, he would fight till his last breath.
"I am too incensed and angered by the contents above! Not a single portion of the article is true...I am the head of my family. Aishwarya is not my daughter-in-law, she is my daughter, a woman, a lady in my house and home, " Amitabh posted on his blog site.
"If anyone will speak derogatorily about her, I shall fight for her till my last breath. If you have something to say to the men in the house, Abhishek or me, I shall bear it. But, if you shall make injudicious remarks on the women in my home, I shall not tolerate it, " he added.
"The unprofessional and slanderous nature of this article in such an esteemed and respected newspaper as the Mumbai Mirror is deeply disturbing. It brings the author of this article into disrepute.
It brings the editor that published this article into disrepute. It brings this particular newspaper into disrepute. It brings the profession of journalism into disrepute," Amitabh posted on his blog.
"This article is in violation of the journalistic norms of conduct as published by the Press Council of India. Beyond your own disgrace, you have caused grievous distress and harm to the Bachchan family," he added.
The article in question, "Pregnant Pause - Aishwarya Rai Bachchan", was printed in the Thursday edition of the tabloid and alleged that Aishwarya is suffering from contracted tuberculosis of the stomach and as a consequence of this disease and its treatment, she is unable to conceive.
The article also said that Amitabh has been pressing the duo for a grandson and was "therefore gender prejudiced".
The 67-year-old has written to Meenal Baghel, the editor of Mumbai Mirror.
He posted: "Due to the illicit nature of this slander, I request a retraction and full apology.
The full apology comprises the names of the individual journalist and chief editor, the journalist's and editor's unqualified retraction and refutation of the contents of the article, the apology should be addressed to both Aishwarya Rai Bachchan first and specifically, and also to the Bachchan family in general.
"The apology is to be printed on the first page of the entertainment section of the Mumbai Mirror on the same page, in the same size print, and including the signatures of the aforementioned journalist and editor and an immediate donation of a sum of (amount to be decided by members of my extended family of the blog) to a national charitable foundation of your choosing that supports those who suffer from tuberculosis and an article in your newspaper highlighting its work."
Aishwarya had written to the tabloid Thursday asking for a denial and apology of equal prominence. The retraction was printed in the next edition.
Abhishek took his reaction to twitter as well if you guys follow him and was pretty upset about how the letter Aishwarya to the newspaper asking for an apology was also twisted and made her out to be this demon who was asking too much for an apology!!
I am not a big fan of the Bachchans but this is a legit cause! You cant state she has an illness such as tuberculosis as a reason for why she is not pregnant yet! Not only is it insulting her but millions of ppl that do suffer tuberculosis!
When is 'Enough is Enough' with this new jounalism ppl? Where is the line?