By: Goher Iqbal Punn (Bollywood&TV Analyst)
Friday, January 19, 2007
The racism issue with Shilpa Shetty is the talk of the town these days. The latest development on this matter is that the stunning actress has told 'Big Brother' ... "I don't feel that there was any racial discrimation from Jade's end".
On Thursday evening, during the talks between Shilpa Shetty and 'Big Brother' in the Dairy Room, Big Brother asked Shilpa how she was feeling in the Big Brother House. Answering this question, Shetty told the Big Brother her feelings. The conversation between both of them is as under:
Big Brother: Are you feeling happy?
Shilpa : Yeah I'm OK, happiness is a state of mind, I mean it just depends on what you think makes you happy. I'm happy and try to be happy in every given situation. I wasn't happy..mmmm.. 2 days ago. Um, well the way I live, if something has saddened me I try, it takes me a day to understand, analyse, and then I just leave it right there and then I move on, that's the way I've always lived. Today I am in a calm frame of mind so I would just like to say that an apology is definitely in order, and if Jade apologises, I will apologise back and make up with her. But I know that is not going to come forth from Jade's side and she thinks what she did was right and that was the right way to behave. So I'm cool with that and I'd rather just be away, and keep my respect so that's that - I don't have anything against Jade. I just don't like the way she speaks and that is my only complaint against Jade. I have nothing to say against her as a person. I think she has really worked hard to be where she is right now and I respect people who have come up the hard way but she definitely needs to brush up on some manners and the way she speaks.
Big Brother: Shilpa, you mentioned you were not happy 2 days ago, BB noticed that you had a conversation with Cleo in the bedroom following an argument with Jade. You implied that you thought the differences between the two of you could be racially motivated?
Shilpa: No actually I take that back. I thought it was because everybody was having an argument with me and I take that back. I don't think that is true. You know people say things in a fit of anger and I stand corrected. So, I don't want people to think and feel that way and I continue to feel that way. So even if I said it I would like you to please clarify and put this as a statement from my side if you can. That I don't feel there was any racial discrimination happening from Jade's end. I don't think that is true. That's it. I think that there are a lot of insecurities from her end but it's definitely not racial. So yeah, that's the way I feel.
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