One such actor who is being heavily criticised for a “tone-deaf” post is Tamannaah Bhatia.
Your silence will not protect you. Doesn't every life matter, human or animal? Muting any form of creation is against the universal law. We must unlearn and learn to be human again, express compassion and practice love.#AllLivesMatter #WakeUpWorld pic.twitter.com/Ixzq39ueJC
— Tamannaah Bhatia (@tamannaahspeaks) June 5, 2020
The actress took to her twitter account to post an aesthetic picture of herself with a caption that read “Your silence will not protect you. Doesn’t every life matter , human or animal? Muting any form of creation is against the universal law. We must unlearn and learn to be human again , express compassion and practice love. #AllLivesMatter #WakeUpWorld“
The post received heavy backlash as the #AllLivesMatter is used to oppress the #blacklivesmatter movement as pointed out by one user.
Please educate yourself and stop saying "all lives matter", when it's a dog whistle used by racists to drown out the message of BlackLivesMatter.
— Suresh Singaratnam🎼🎺🇨🇦 (@sureshtrumpet) June 5, 2020
Many even accused the actor of her selective activism and questioned her motive behind posting such a controversial post. Some users even pointed out that the actress endorsed a fairness cream brand a few years back and demanded an explanation as to why she did the same.
It was also pointed out that the MMIW stands for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, a movement that is prevalent in the United States of America and in Canada. The movement was started to raise awareness about the epidemic of native women going missing or being killed. The red hand symbolises women being silenced.
American athlete Rosalie Fish went viral in the year 2019 when she painted a red hand print on her face to bring awareness to the movement via her various track meets.
Not only Tamannaah but actors like Disha Patani, Priyanka Chopra have all come under fire for using their social media platforms to post about the black lives matter movement while remaining mum about various issues faced by minorities in India and for endorsing fairness creams in the past.