Bollywood actress Poonam Pandey has stirred controversy with a staged death stunt, claiming to raise awareness about cervical cancer. Pandey’s team initially shared a post on Instagram mourning her alleged demise due to cervical cancer, sparking shock and condolences among followers.
However, it was later revealed that the entire incident was a meticulously planned promotional campaign to shed light on the seriousness of cervical cancer. Pandey herself took to social media to clarify the situation, emphasizing the importance of raising awareness about the disease and the need for regular screenings and early detection.
“I am alive. I didn’t die of cervical cancer. Unfortunately, I can’t say that about those hundreds and thousands of women who have lost their lives because of cervical cancer,” Pandey said in the video. She went on to discuss the severity of the disease and the lack of knowledge surrounding it, emphasizing the need for greater awareness and education. Sharing the video, Poonam wrote, “I feel compelled to share something significant with you all – I am here, alive. Cervical Cancer didn’t claim me, but tragically, it has claimed the lives of thousands of women who stemmed from a lack of knowledge on how to tackle this disease.”
In her another Instagram post, Pandey wrote, “I am sorry I have caused this tear and I am sorry to those whom I’ve hurt. My intention was to shock everyone into the conversation we are not talking enough about, which is cervical cancer. Yes, I faked my demise. Extreme, I know. But suddenly, we all are talking about cervical cancer. Aren’t we? It is a disease that silently takes your life and this disease needed this spotlight urgently. I am proud of what my death news has managed to achieve.”
Despite her intentions to start a dialogue about cervical cancer, the controversial move garnered mixed reactions from netizens. While some praised her efforts to bring attention to the cause, others criticized her for resorting to extreme measures for promotional purposes, questioning the authenticity and ethicality of the stunt.
Cervical cancer, primarily caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), is a significant health concern that requires proactive measures for prevention and early intervention. Pandey’s staged death stunt, although controversial, succeeded in initiating discussions about the disease and highlighting the importance of informed action.
As the public continues to grapple with the aftermath of this incident, it serves as a reminder of the power and responsibility of celebrities in raising awareness about critical health issues and the potential consequences of sensationalized publicity tactics.