When there is an opportunity for commentary, twitteratis like to hit it hard with their 140 characters. While most often it crosses the threshold of decency, some victims stand up to them, others ignore and rest slither away into oblivion. The latest victim of this form of trolling was Indian designer Masaba Gupta, who used her twitter account to voice an opinion for the Supreme Court ban on sale of firecrackers in Delhi’s NCR area. But, twitteratis did not really like it. Masaba too gave back and shut down her haters in true Masaba style.
— Masaba Mantena (@MasabaG) October 12, 2017
The designer shared her message in a tweet after repeated trolls called her the ‘illegitimate west Indian’ and ‘bas***d child’. While Gupta did not shy away from sharing that she has always been called these names ever since she had cognizance of her parent’s relationship, her repeated experience with such name calling only tells us how insensitive society can be towards a 10-year-old child.
“By calling me names like ‘bas***d child’ or ‘illegitimate west Indian’ it only makes my chest swell with pride. I’m the illegitimate product of two of the MOST legitimate personalities you’ll find & I’ve made the best life, both personally and professionally... out of which I’m proud of,” she wrote in her post.
Some trollers tweeted saying,
@MasabaG please go back to your Fatherlund so that you can avoid Deepawali. And ya stop using Fukng AC to save environment.Thanks in advance— Krunal Bhatt (@bhattkrunal) October 9, 2017
What invited such ire for Masaba was retweeting a post supporting the firecracker ban by Supreme Court ban. She just wrote a ‘Yes!’ This invited a backlash on her paternity referring to her being born outside wedlock of her biological parents, actress Neena Gupta and West-Indian cricketer Viv Richards.
Masaba’s reply ends with her refusal to back track on her words or get blown away by the hatred shown on her. Instead she chose to be proud of who she was and her right to voice opinions.
Masaba’s reply was showered with support from writer Chetan Bhagat, former cricketer Harsh Bhogle and south-Indian actor Sidharth.
you are amazing, one of the truly most inspiring people I have met. learn from me. don't let 'em trolls get to you. you r bigger than that!— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) October 12, 2017
These trolls are sad people, Masaba. By ignoring them you take away the only power they have— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 12, 2017
well said Masaba. You show them!— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) October 12, 2017