The pro-Kannada group Karnataka Rakshana Vedike Yuva Sene burnt banners and posters of actress Sunny Leone in a protest against Leone’s participation in a New Year event. The protestors while protesting in front of the Manyata Tech Park in Bengaluru claimed that the actress participation in the bash would be an assault on their culture.
“We are against Sunny wearing short clothes. If she wears saree and takes part in the event, even we’ll go watch her. Sunny doesn’t have a good past. We shouldn’t be encouraging such people. We will not hesitate to commit suicide on December 31,” a report in India Today quoted the state president of the organisation as saying.
However, the event organiser said the actress has been a part of many events in Karnataka. The report further quoted him saying, “This is a family-type programme with Sunny dancing on a Kannada song, and I, being a Kannadiga, have kept the programme’s standard based on the Bengaluru culture itself. Even though Sunny got a lot of events that offered her more money, she rejected those and agreed to come to Bengaluru since Bengaluru and Hyderabad are her favorite places. I don’t know what the protestors are expecting or what they think; this is a family show where the culture of the state won’t be disturbed.”