Deepika Padukone received backlash after she announced her collaboration with World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesuus to spread awareness about mental health amid coronavirus lockdown. Taking to Twitter, she shared the poster of the event that will be taking place on April 23. Also Read - Deepika Padukone Channels Her Love For Plants During Coronavirus Lockdown
However, the collaboration did not go well with the netizens and threatened to boycott the Chhapaak actor. Many even gave explanation of their displeasure and claimed that the WHO chief is the same person who gave clean chit to China and misleaded the entire world in believing that coronavirus cannot be transmitted from human-to-human. Some even accused him of causing COVID-19. Also Read - Deepika Padukone to Talk About Mental Health With WHO Chief in Wake of Coronavirus
One user tweeted, “Please cancel this or we will launch a boycott of you. Tedros is a Communist Chinese stooge who hates India and caused the coronavirus to spread.” Also Read - Singapore Fan Thanking For Removing Stigma Around Mental Health is Basically All Deepika Padukone Fans!
Another user wrote, “WHO has been doing a lot of promoted campaigns after COVID outbreak exposed their credibility and USA stopped the funding. This is also one of the promotional campaign. Deepika has no concern about mental health or reality of Tedros. It’s all about money.”
“The same guy who gave China the clean chit in January and mislead the entire world in believing that #COVID19 is a local problem and doesn’t transmit human-to-human”, wrote another.
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In 2014, Deepika was diagonised with clinical depression. Talking about how she dealt with her depression, Deepika said, “Post mental illness, I feel like I was on this journey already, of understanding life beyond materialism, and wanting to grow and evolve as a person. I feel like that journey for me already began in 2014, so I am not finding this period difficult at all. In fact, there is a lot of introspection and self-realisation that I am enjoying. I seem to be at peace about what is coming our way.”
She added, “I feel like it’s one of those things that has been underrepresented, there is not enough focused on mental health in a crisis,” she said. While she and Singh donated to the PM Cares fund, they’ve also been focusing on ramping up awareness through Padukone’s platform, The Live Love Laugh Foundation. “It’s great that I think everyone’s donating to food and you know the medical fraternity and masks, but there’s also mental illness that’s so important, and hasn’t been highlighted enough.”