Veteran actor Susan Sarandon on Saturday extended her support to the ongoing farmers agitation and said she stands in solidarity with the protesters. The “Thelma & Louise” star is the latest international celebrity to back the protest, after a tweet by pop star Rihanna triggered a wave of support for the protesting farmers by a number of global personalities, activists and politicians.
The 74-year-old actor took to Twitter and shared a news report by The New York Times, headlined, “Why Are Farmers Protesting in India?”
“Standing in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest in India. Read about who they are and why they’re protesting below,” Sarandon wrote.
Swedish teen climate activist Greta Thunberg, Meena Harris, an American lawyer and niece of US Vice President Kamala Harris, actor Amanda Cerni, singers Jay Sean, Dr Zeus and former adult star Mia Khalifa have also supported the protesting farmers.
However, the international support did not go down well with a section of netizens and celebrities.
Lata Mangeshkar, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Akshay Kumar and others highlighted ‘India Together’ and ‘India against Propaganda’ messages, highlighting India being able to resolve the impasse on its own.
There were heated reactions for both, with protestors holding placards against Rihanna and others, while a group of Congress supporters demonstrated against Sachin Tendulkar by smearing his effigy with oil.
The government also released a statement condemning the international support, writing, “The temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments, especially when resorted to by celebrities and others, is neither accurate nor responsible.”