'You'll always be my champion': Siddharth apologises to Saina Nehwal for 'rude joke'

“I assure you there was no gender implied in my tweet"


Actor Siddharth who is facing the heat over his sexist tweet on badminton player Saina Nehwal, took to social media on Tuesday night to apologise. In an open letter to Saina, he apologised for his 'rude joke' that 'did not land'.

He wrote, “Dear Saina, I want to apologise to you for my rude joke that I wrote as a response to a tweet of yours, a few days ago. I may disagree with you on many things but even my disappointment or anger when I read your tweet, cannot justify my tone and words. I know I have more grace in me than that. As for the joke… If a joke needs to be explained, then it wasn’t a very good joke to begin with. Sorry about a joke that didn’t land.”

Identifying himself as a 'staunch feminist ally', he wrote: “I, however must insist my word play and humour had none of the malicious intent that so many people from all quarters have attributed to it. I am a staunch feminist ally and I assure you there was no gender implied in my tweet and certainly no intent to attack you as a woman. I hope we can put this behind us and that you will accept my letter. You will always be my Champion. Honestly, Siddharth.”

Siddharth's reply to Sania's tweet on PM Modi's security breach had attracted much flak, with the National Commission for Women (NCW) asking Twitter India to "immediately" block the actor's account. "Yeah, I'm not sure what he meant. I used to like him as an actor but this was not nice. He can express himself with better words but I guess it's Twitter and you remain noticed with such words and comments," Saina, who is also a BJP member, said in a statement.

NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma also wrote to the Maharashtra police seeking registration of an FIR against him.