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Poonam Pandey played with people’s emotions: Celebs

Actress Poonam Pandey faked her death recently to spread awareness about cervical cancer. The news of her death spread like wildfire, as she...

Actress Poonam Pandey faked her death recently to spread awareness about cervical cancer. The news of her death spread like wildfire, as she lay low for a day. She appeared on social media the next day to talk about cervical cancer. Celebrities say that while the message has been crystal clear, the method surely wasn’t ideal.

Gurpreet Singh

The news of Poonam Pandey's staged death as a publicity gimmick is both unfortunate and concerning. While raising awareness about cervical cancer is a noble cause, using false information, especially related to someone's death, is ethically questionable and undermines the seriousness of the issue. Misusing social media for such campaigns is indeed a misuse of the platform. While creating awareness is crucial, the means to achieve it should be transparent and respectful. The incident raises valid concerns about the credibility of news in the age of social media. It emphasizes the need for responsible sharing and fact-checking to ensure the public can trust the information they receive. Staging one's death for publicity can be seen as a drastic and insensitive measure. While intentions to highlight an important cause are understood, resorting to such extreme tactics may overshadow the genuine concerns surrounding the issue at hand.

Yashashri Masurkar

Poonam’s actions definitely should be condemned, it’s like playing with people’s emotions. When I heard the news, I was in shock and I am not even a fan. This has happened in the past, death news surfaces when people are sick or recovering from a disease which is again wrong but this particular one was in bad taste.

Sheeba Akashdeep

I thought this kind of stunt was in very poor taste. Some people were genuinely very badly affected by the ‘C’ word. To use it shallowly for a campaign, even if it is to create awareness, is not a nice thing. Awareness could have been created with posts with celebrities. No celebrity would have said no to creating an awareness campaign for something important to women. So, this was a new kind of a low, and for families whose loved ones are going through it or have gone through it. It was very insensitive and not called for. And also in some way, the media needs to pull up their socks and be a little vigilant and more careful when they report news. They need to get their facts checked before just making things viral online.

Deepika Motwani

What she has done is very distasteful. It's disgraceful to the cervical cancer patients and the families who have lost their loved ones to cervical cancer. The worst part is that there is probably a ‘team’, who has supported this idea and played along without any responsibility. There are better ways to send a message and show concern.

Rinku Dhawan

I don't think it's right to use the term ‘stunt’ when promoting cervical cancer awareness. It's not funny because many people are struggling with this in their lives. It sends the wrong message, and I believe it diminishes the hope that keeps us going. Whether it's a publicity stunt or a promotion gimmick, the approach is not great. If it's meant to raise awareness, it should be done with sensitivity. It's not a good feeling, and it's not a joke or an appropriate way to promote something. We should be more considerate, acknowledging that some people are dealing with serious health issues. It's like telling them they're going to die, which is harsh. Having witnessed the challenges faced by those dealing with cancer, I don't appreciate this approach. It seems like a poor thought, not just a publicity stunt or a funny way to grab attention. Going to such lengths is just too low.

Monika Singh

From the beginning, I had a feeling that Poonam Pandey was faking it. I won't say she's right or wrong because everyone has their own perspective. What might be right for some could be wrong for others. For me, it's not about whether she's right or wrong; it's more about the method she chose to spread awareness. It might not be the right approach, but let's look at the positive side – before this incident, many people, including myself, didn't know much about cervical cancer. Now, more people are aware, and some are even considering the vaccine. Sure, her actions may have hurt sensitive individuals, but we shouldn't be overly sensitive to the point of missing the bigger picture. People knew she might be faking it, but why are they investing so much energy in it? Some are exceptionally sensitive, and others might have personal reasons, but they should understand that if Poonam Pandey did this, what harm or benefit has it caused her? It's not for publicity; she already has fame. The real gain is that people are now aware of this disease and are thinking about it. Now, people are questioning those who claim they didn't know about it, saying it's spreading on social media. In my view, it might be wrong or right, I don't know. Still, the outcome is not harmful; it has brought attention to the existence of such diseases. Social media and the media often twist things, and it's unclear if someone has a hidden agenda. Nevertheless, it hasn't caused any real harm; in fact, it has raised awareness about a disease many were unaware of.

Aadesh Chaudhary

Yes, this isn't the right way to handle things. It seems like a publicity stunt, and that's why such actions often lead to a bad reputation. When individuals engage in such activities, it reflects poorly on the entire community or industry. I don't appreciate it, and it's not a good approach. There's a story about a village where someone used to shout, "The lion is coming!" Initially, people thought he was making everyone a fool, but when a real lion came, no one took him seriously. It's a similar situation – if such incidents continue, people won't know what's true or false in the news. This kind of behaviour is not good for anyone.

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