Shobhaa De’s Olympic comments unleash social media wrath

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Shobhaa De…”All they do is clicking selfies.”

There was a barrage of Tweets against columnist Shobhaa De who dismissed the efforts of India’s Olympians and brought upon herself the wrath of social media.

She said all athletes are doing is clicking selfies, and wasting opportunity and money. “Goal of Team India at the Olympics: Rio jao. Selfies lo. Khaali haat wapas aao. What a waste of money and opportunity.”

Many celebrities from the Bollywood and the sporting world united on Twitter to criticize her.

Now, actress Kangana Ranaut, who is not on social media, has described De’s comments as “distorted” and “disheartening.”
Kangana, 29, said, “This seems to be a very distorted thing to say to people who are representing us and it can be one’s personal opinion but being such a credible author and powerful woman who people look upto, it’s disheartening and it’s not good news at all. I hope our athletes don’t get disheartened.”

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Celebrities like Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan and Arjun Kapoor did not make posts to Shobhaa De but clearly made indirect references to her comments.

Singer Abhijeet’s tweet describing Shobhaa De as ‘shameless’ was pounced on by actress Sonam Kapoor, who accused him of hypocrisy.

Abhijeet is being investigated for abusive tweets against a female journalist. – CINEWS

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