The show 'Franka Sollata', which is anchored by two women, takes potshots at celebrities and discusses film industry gossip.

TV anchors make fun of Suriyas height on show face wrath on social media
Flix Kollywood Friday, January 19, 2018 - 12:06

Two women VJs from Sun Music are facing the wrath of fans and social media users after they made comments about actor Suriya's appearance.

In the show Franka Sollata, which takes potshots at celebrities and also discusses film industry gossip, VJs Sangeetha and Niveditha joked about Suriya's height. The comments were made in the context of discussing a KV Anand-Suriya film in which it's rumoured that the director had approached Amitabh Bachchan to play a role.

Referring to his Singam series, in which he'd acted with the tall Anushka Shetty, the VJs said that if Suriya had to act with Amitabh Bachchan, he might have to use a stool or sit down and do the shots. Their comments have been slammed by many on social media, including people from the film industry like actor Vishal – who is the general secretary of the Nadigar Sangam and president of the Producers' Council – producers Dhananjayan Govind Gnanavelraja and SR Prabhu, among many others.

Several have rightly pointed out that it is not okay to body shame anyone. For too long, body shaming has been the subject of comedy in mainstream cinema and TV shows, with dark skin, weight, height and even disability becoming pegs for "humour'. And it is the film and entertainment industries which have, ironically, made this brand of comedy socially acceptable.

However, while this definitely needs to change, the women VJs are now predictably being showered with abusive and misogynistic language ever since the video went viral. Film critic Sudhir Srinivasan put out a series of tweets about the abuse and threats made in the star's name:

Disturbingly, many have called them "mentally ill", with producer Gnanavelraja, who bankrolled Suriya's Thaana Serndha Koottam, adding that they should "spit" on themselves. Using mental health as an insult or as comedy has been a common trope in the entertainment industry and Kamal's Bigg Boss was recently slammed for it by medical professionals.

In Suriya's Pongal release, TSK, the actor makes a reference to his height for which he has been trolled in the past too. In one of the scenes, he says one's height is not important, it's the heights a person reaches that's important.

So far, neither Sun Music nor Suriya have responded to the issue.