The music video 'Yeh Fugly Fugly Kya Hai', composed and sung by rapper Honey Singh features Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan shaking their legs and like most of Honey Singh's songs, this track also garnered much popularity in quick time. But it has also hurt the sentiments of the gay community who felt very offended, primarily for two phrases.
The song starts like, 'Yeh fugly fugly kya hai? Yeh fugly fugly...baap ke paison pe koodna, sadak ke kone pe mootna, 377 ka hatna ya Jessica Lal ki ghatna, launde ke munh se ouch... (What is this Fulgly? Enjoying on daddy's money, urinating at street corner, removal of 377 or the murder of Jessica Lal...A man saying Ouch)'.
Now, the LGBT community feels it very offensive as the song featuring Akshay and Salman includes a serious issue like 377 along with urinating on streets or enjoying on father's money. The song triggered massive outrage in an online forum which deals with issues related to 377 and the LGBT Rights.
One of the members of the forum said, "Why compare the removal of Article 377 to urinating in public, muder of Jessica Lal or someone spending his father's money."
Editor of LGBT online magazine 'Gaylaxy', Sukhdeep Singh also fired salvo at Honey Singh for his composition in the Fugly title track. "It's highly deplorable that they have to mock the LGBT community and group the removal of 377 along with a bunch of disgusting things like urinating in public and then calling it ugly. Not only just 377, the song also makes fun of gender non-conforming or feminine men when it says 'Launde ke munh se ouch'. It did not surprise me thoughy as Honey Singh's songs have been sexist and now he has turned homophobic too."
Meanwhile, director of the film Fugly, Kabir Sadanand tries to clarify things saying, "We stand for the freedom of choices and that's exactly what the song states. I am sure this is also the take of the lyric writer. 377 hatna is our fundamental right. Let's be clear, freedom stands at all levels, freedom of speech, freedon to live and freedon to be."
Some enraged online comments
Suryatapa Mukherjee- '377 ka hatna.' Are you serious? What is Fugly is Honey Singh and his misogynistic and homophobic song lyrics. Please bro, keep in mind that your brain is only good at churning out crappy, meaningless lyrics. So please do not use that to partake in social commentary. I don't know how this got through the production process and got okayed by everyone involved?
Papri Das- I was confused initially if my interpretation of the song was wrong but given that even guys have noticed it, this definitely was an anti-gay comment. Even the line 'Launde ke munh se ouch'...can't believe Sallu and Akshay agreed to promote this.
Manu Joseph-Homophobic people in film industry should not be entertained by anyone. How sad such lyrics are used even in the 21st century.
Sreya Roy Choudhary- Bollywood has always been homophobic and rather proud of that. People like Honey Singh feel the insatiable need to reference and ridicule human sexuality, solely because such gimmicks can keep him afloat.
Asif- Just when you thought these Bollywood morons couldn't get more homophobic and misogynistic.