The Olympics game is over in Rio. A breather for the athletes till the next outing. Not quite so, for the Twitter troll and frenzied mob culture where any reason or perky tweet is good enough to let the madness unleash. It all started with Shobha De’s tweet on the famous selfie and the 140-odd-words devils went on a rampage.
The foxes went loose, trashing, trolling and even wished death to Shobha De. One cannot say that her tweet was tongue-in-cheek but it made the trick crucifying her on social media. No sane person spared the lady. We decided to take her case and stamp a judgment on her, pronounced the life sentence, charged guilty, hanged and hacked her to death. I wonder suddenly what happened to our tolerance level that we take so much pride in flouting and thumping our stomach. You know the good thing: Shobha De united India.
It’s no secret that Shobha De’s tweet was totally uncalled for when we consider the tough conditions in which our athletes train in India and still manage to represent our country in the Olympic games. Period. Shobha De became an antidote to the Alia Bhatt jokes and we were running our own Olympics game on Twitter, competing with the who’s who’s getting the best laugh at the lady’s expense. Memes were shared and every stroke or feat accomplished by our athletes, PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik or Dipa Karmakar were reduced to nought making Shobha De hog the limelight. It was not her own doing but Twitterati who gave her moments of shame, fame and name.
Suddenly, Shobha De was bestowed upon with the rare honor where her name was twisted with peppy and saucy tweets. The ridiculous thing is that one got the impression that Shobha De and not the likes of PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik or Dipa Karmakar defended the colors of India and sprinted her way to the final. It feels like we were cheering every jibe that became a gold medal clinched by Shobha De at the Olympics. The lady must be smiling on how she took away the pie from our athletes who honored the country. She suddenly became not our punching bag but mascot at Rio. Who said that India failed to clinch gold? Of course, we did and made Shobha De win it for us.
Many of us are quite depraved like some sex searching souls and we get some kinda mental masturbation in trolling and cursing. It was a field day on Twitter Olympics. Shobha De actually won it big at Rio without taking part in any discipline. It was not Shobha De who slammed her way to the Olympics final but PV Sindhu. Shobha De is no freestyle wrestler. Shobha is no artistic gymnast.
It’s not her who prepared for the Olympics, sweated it out in Rio or won medals but how thoughtful of us to shift accolades or laurels away from our athletes to give it to Shobha De on a platter. It’s not her fight. Yet! We were no less than the babus or Ministers who put a shameful act at Rio, indulging in drinks, selfie-ism or self-invited themselves clicking with athletes to take away the limelight or success.
Shobha De has just won Rio for India. Who did it? Of course, us, the self-claimed and self-stymied social media Gurus where every dig landed in the wrong place. The least of things we could do for the three wonderful and inspiring women Sindhu, Malik or Karmakar was to give them their due for bringing a nation together and make every girl in this country aspire to greatness in sports. We chose to do otherwise. Isn’t it a lack of respect for our athletes? It makes me wonder. I am tempted to ask Shobha De what sports discipline she is into and practices for bagging gold at Rio without venturing in sinful Brazilia. The lady must have enjoyed the time of her life and enjoyed the ice cream before it melted on her tongue.
So much for a tweet. It’s something I wanted to write for a long time but waited for Shobha De to struck 140-words gold and let the controversy die before penning it. See, social media was on a prowl and I didn’t want to be the Kabbab Mein Haddi.
Enjoy Twitter folks till the next Olympics. You just showed how to strike gold.