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Lilly Singh Reiterates Support for Indian Farmers’ Protest on Grammy Awards Red Carpet

Lilly Singh Reiterates Support for Indian Farmers’ Protest on Grammy Awards Red Carpet

  • The comedian, YouTube sensation and late-night host was spotted sporting a “I Stand With Farmers” mask.

Comedian, YouTube sensation and late-night host Lilly Singh reiterated her support to the ongoing farmers agitation in India on the 2021 Grammy Awards red carpet. The 32-year-old Indo-Canadian star was wearing a “I Stand With Farmers” mask. Singh tweeted a picture of herself at the awards. “I know red carpet/award show pictures always get the most coverage, so here you go media. Feel free to run with it. #IStandWithFarmers #GRAMMYs,” she wrote.

Singh has previously addressed the issue of farmers protesting against the new farm laws in India on her late-night show, A Little Late Night With Lilly Singh.” 

“Recently, the Indian government passed a set of agricultural bills that will affect the livelihood of farmers in India,” she said in the opening monologue of her show on Feb. 25. “Now, it’s important to note that there’s already a long history of farmers struggling in India and farmer suicide is a very real issue,” she added.

In the roughly four-minute monologue, Singh did not mention Prime Minister Modi by name, while denouncing his government for violating democratic norms. “There have been protests and these protests have been met with violence, a narrative that we have seen many times before in the world, unfortunately,” she said. 

Singh joined international personalities like Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, American climate activist Alexandria Villaseñor and Meena Harris, niece of Vice President Kamala Devi Harris, and a host or other celebrities to speak out in support of the farmers as well as Disah Ravi and other activists who were jailed. 

Singh has previously voiced her support for the farmers protesting in India. In December last year, Singh had taken to TikTok, and advocated her support for farmers’ protesting against, calling the national agitation “the largest human protest in history.” She also had urged fans and followers to donate to the cause and spread awareness about it. The video is currently banned in India. 

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Last month, Singh thanked musician Rihanna for tweeting in support of the protest. Rihanna took to her official Twitter handle to share a CNN article about the farmers’ protests in India, asking “why aren’t we talking about this?” Singh replied and thanked Rihanna for speaking in support of the farmers as she shared a post with the hashtag ‘#IStandWithFarmers.” She has been actively speaking about the protest on Instagram as well. “Yes! Thank you so much . This is a humanity issue! #IStandWithFarmers and this narrative is TIRED. 

A week later, on her show, she spoke with Indo-Canadian politician, Jagmeet Singh, leader of the New Democratic Party and Member of Parliament for the riding of Burnaby South. “We’re so grateful for conversations like this. Tonight @Lilly and @theJagmeetSingh discuss the #FarmerProtest and what we can do as a community to help,” Singh tweeted prior to the shoe on Feb. 10. Jagmeet Singh has been among the most vocal Canadian politicians in supporting those protesting the Indian farm laws.

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