A clip from Bhupendra Chaubey’s interview with Sunny Leone surfaced a couple of days ago. It was an excerpt from a 20 minute interview, but it was enough to make a lot of people cringe. It was also enough for people to say that if they had been in Sunny’s position, they would’ve walked out, or maybe even slapped Chaubey for his clearly misogynistic and regressive questions, which were topped by the obnoxious, wannabe-Arnab manner with which he conducted the interview.
Well, we’ve got news for you. If you thought that those couple of minutes were cringeworthy, the entire interview is much worse. Bhupendra Chaubey clearly gave insulting and humiliating Sunny his best shot with his unbelievably sexist questions, that belonged more in the 19th century than the 21st.
He starts by asking her a very loaded question, and two minutes into the interview, you knew exactly what he was digging for.
“Tell me one thing that you regret. One thing that you believe went wrong for you.”
Sunny’s answer to this was a personal one. She regrets not being able to get home fast enough when her mother passed away.
One would think that an answer like this would elicit a modicum of sensitivity from Chaubey. But it was not to be. After a few minutes of asking other questions, he came back to his insensitive probe; only this time, he spelled out what he seemed to want to hear.
“Do you not sometimes get affected by the fact that your past, your past that you were this ‘porn queen’, will continue to haunt you? Or maybe continue to pull you back?”
“If I was to turn the clock back, would you still do what you did?”
Sunny’s answer was one that ought to have shamed Chaubey into silence. She spoke about how everything she had done in her life led her to where she is right now, and how everything we do makes us who we are. A truth of life that was lost on Chaubey.
The questions got worse. Chaubey, who seemed to have appointed himself the guardian of India’s morality, went on to point out how many people felt that she was responsible for corrupting Indian morality.