Thursday, Jun 30, 2022

Harnaaz Sandhu Vs Neeraj Chopra: Sexist Meme Draws Ire On Social Media

A Twitter user has drawn a parallel between Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu and Olympian Neeraj Chopra in a glaring sexist meme.

Newly crowned Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Sandhu appears during a press conference following the 70th Miss Universe pageant in Eilat, Israel. AP

Harnaaz Sandhu has been making headlines and we all know why. The third Indian to win the Miss Universe title of 2021 since Sushmita Sen, Sandhu has brought the crown to the country after 21 years. With Sandhu’s win, the chorus around beauty pageants and stereotypes of ‘beauty standard’ has once again begun. And with that, sexism has also managed to make its way into the event of a proud moment.

A Twitter user that goes by the name Lakshman, @rebel_notout, drew a parallel between Sandhu’s win and Olympian Neeraj Chopra and other male Olympians in a glaring sexist meme.

The meme featured Chopra holding his gold medal while Sandhu sported a red swimsuit. The obvious catch in the image was suggestive of Sandhu’s attire to be reducing her (a woman’s) value.

On Twitter, Lakshman wrote, “How boys think they can make their country proud. How Girls think they can make their country proud (sic).”


The tweet immediately received immense backlash on social media with people pointing out how many feminine icons have represented India on the international sports platform and bagged medals.

“For your kind information let me give you some knowledge about indian girls who make india proud in 2nd and 3rd pic girls won in Olympics 3rd go space in 1997 her name is kalpana chawla Next time come up with homework before you say anything sh!t about girls! (sic),” said one user.


Here’s how others pointed out the layers of sexism represented by the misogynistic meme.


The tweet once again highlights the disgrace and sexism meme games cause under the guise of ‘fun’ and ‘joke’.  Sexism is harmful and is at the root of gender inequality.  Memes, such as these, might seem benign but leads to a climate of gender inferiority. It’s the 21st century, yet we are still here pinning a woman’s worth to the attires they wear.