The Indian team, unfortunately didn’t perform well at the Rio Olympics causing heart breaks for over 1 billion population. Apart from the gymnast, Dipa Karmakar’s performance, the Olympics didn’t have much hopes for the strong Indian contingent.
Back home, their abysmal performance didn’t go well with all especially in the media. Renowned media personality Shobhaa De, who is also a popular columnist and a writer took to social media to severely criticise and insult the Indian team. However, her attacks have ignited fire among the people and tweeterati was not going to keep mum.
Common men and athletes, alike, publicly revolted on Twitter, against Shobhaa De’s dig at the Indian Olympic’s team. Even Abhinav Bindra had something to say to this columnist, to teach her a lesson on sportsmanship and team spirit. There were also many counter-reactions that she received by people, criticising her novels and commenting on the work she has done. Some express that she is not worthy of commenting on other people’s success and failure given her image in the society. Although, shaming is not the way to go, to get back and counter-react to an issue irrespective of the absurdity of the situation at hand.
This is what Shobhaa De had tweeted on her account:
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
Here are excerpts from Twitter, displaying the outrage in people for the comment made by Shobha De:
This is Abhinav Bindra’s response to her Tweet:
@DeShobhaa that’s a tad unfair. You should be proud of your athletes perusing human excellence against the whole world.
— Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) August 9, 2016
Here some others who have responded to her unpleasant comment:
Shobha De bringing Gold Medal to India by performing best at Hogwarts School.
*P.S: She is not camera conscious pic.twitter.com/BB0XISveau
— Rahul Raj (@bhak_sala) August 9, 2016
How I wish if there was any mechanism to tax 80% of income tax from ppl like #ShobhaDe & transfer all that money to development of Athletes
— Riya Mukherjee (@riyalovezu) August 9, 2016
— Nishant Gambhir (@madnish30) August 8, 2016
Although the self proclaimed “opinion-shaper” received much backlash on twitter she told News18 that she has no regrets and stands by her statement, “I stand by my tweet. Players are entitled to their opinion, I was not referring to any particular player.”