"It was like people never saw anybody naked before"
Milind Soman has responded to the reaction he has received about his nude photo.
On November 4, 2020, the actor shared a picture on Instagram of himself running naked on the beach to mark his 55th birthday.
The picture received a wave of attention and there were various reactions from netizens, both positive and negative.
He previously defended the picture but he has now commented on the backlash the photo received.
On the negative reaction from netizens, Milind said:
“I don’t know why! It was like people never saw anybody naked before, It is crazy!”
He went on to say that he was not trolled about the picture.
“I don’t really notice trolls. Sometimes I look for it, just for fun sake.
“Even if you look at that (nude) picture, it is not really trolling. I know what is trolling.
“When I see some people and the response they get on social media, I really wonder – how does it affect their mental health. Because it is such an attack.”
Milind Soman revealed that his wife took the picture and he received a lot of positive comments also.
“Even for my nude picture, 99% of people were like – WOW! This is amazing!
“And it was shot by my wife, it was not like some photographer was hired or some newspaper shot it.”
“I think people were just a little bit shocked! Especially those who are new to Internet culture as these people are not exposed to what’s already on the Internet which is basically the real world.
“For those, I think my picture was a wake-up call.”
Milind continued to defend the picture and stated that if Instagram had a problem with it, they would have flagged it.
He also opened up about being labelled a ‘sex symbol’.
“The tag of sex symbol doesn’t bother me.
“I will tell you why – because for a man to be regarded as a sex symbol is great.
“Men are very happy to be regarded as sex symbols because that is something extra for them.”
However, he stated that a female ‘sex symbol’ may not always be a good thing.
“When a woman is regarded as a sex symbol, it might be everything that she is seen for, which is not a good thing.
“That is part of the whole discrimination on the part of the way we see women.
“Women have been objectified to that extent.
“Men have not been objectified to that extent that it (being a sex symbol) is all that they stand for.”
Despite the gender disparity, Milind felt that things are changing for the better.
“I think it is going away. I see it becoming a little bit more equal.
“The whole thing can’t change at once but different aspects, especially gender equality, will change quicker than other aspects.”