Bollywood has the perfect response for Shobhaa De’s Rio comment
Shobhaa De has always unabashedly spoken her mind, and her strong statements have often stirred up a controversy. From pulling down Marathi cinema, to saying that Deepika Padukone is not even worth winning Miss Dombivali contest; from her insensitive remark on Gopinath Munde’s death, to body-shaming the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton – the author-cum-columnist-cum-social commentator has reigned as the queen of controversies.
De recently mocked Indian athletes at the Rio Olympics, drawing flak from people yet again.
Goal of Team India at the Olympics: Rio jao. Selfies lo. Khaali haat wapas aao. What a waste of money and opportunity.
— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) August 8, 2016
As expected, she drew Twitterati’s ire due to this distasteful comment. Some athletes gave a not-so-gracious reply to her condescending remark for the Indian contingent. What’s more, even Bollywood celebrities gave her a befitting response with their tweets. Here’s what Bollywood celebrities had to say to Shobhaa De.
T 2342 – India Rio, PROUD of YOU !! Do not dismay failure .. to them that lament loss, look around .. any of our neighbours seen anywhere ??
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 8, 2016
Yes, winning is the goal. But representing your country at the Olympics is a HUGE deal too regardless of the results. Proud of r athletes.
— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) August 9, 2016
Everyone has an opinion about our athletes at Rio, wish everyone with an opinion had once tried to even represent their country.#IndiaAtRio
— Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) August 9, 2016
Lions dont lose sleep over the opinions of sheep. N champions dont lose sleep over opinions of the ignorant. INDIA is proud of u. #Rio2016
— AKIRA/Sonakshi Sinha (@sonakshisinha) August 9, 2016
— Gul Panag (@GulPanag) August 9, 2016
Actress Kangana Ranaut slammed the author for her “disheartening” remark. When Kangana was asked to comment on the matter at a recent press conference, she said, “It is a very disturbing thing to say to people, who are representing us. It can also be a very personal opinion but being such a credible author and a powerful woman who people look up to, for someone like that saying this is disheartening.” She added, “It is not a good news, for sure. I hope our athletes don’t get disheartened ans we need to do our best.”
Sushant Singh Rajput also took a jibe at the author when he was asked about her “horrible” comment during the trailer launch of MS Dhoni: The Untold Story. He told the media, “People have a strong opinion just because they want to come across as somebody who knows everything.”
Looks like this controversy is not going to die down anytime soon.
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