I am angry with social media and its populace who think that everything is permissible at their whim and fancy in the online world. The trolls who make their own laws and dictate terms at the cost of someone’s privacy is the tale of a script gone horribly wrong in their quest to have a free rein and seeking cheap thrills. We often do not realize how much harm can be done to someone and their family going through a personal ordeal, or struggle when we wrongly like, share or retweet pictures.
It was shocking to see a massively shared picture of superstar Vinod Khanna on social media where he is seen in an ailing state with his family and allegedly suffering from prostate cancer. Such insensitivity in sharing the picture with don’t know how many likes, retweets, shares and what’s not on social media is a matter of utter disbelief. I was distraught to see the picture of Vinod Sir allegedly fighting a disease and the latter still remained to be confirmed, has been reduced to ridicule. How low can we stoop as human beings? This shows a total scant of regard and lack of respect for someone and his family going through testing times. Social media have again shown its ugly face. It makes me wonder how little we realize what someone or his family goes through in the face of illness. By mocking the person, we are making fun of every single person suffering from cancer. We should be ashamed of ourselves for indulging in such an insensitive and despicable act. The very least we could have done is to tweet the family members our best wishes for the recovery of Vinod Khanna Sir, a man who won our hearts and that of our parents as an entertainer in the business of cinema.
Mocking someone’s illness is petty. Sharing his or her picture in an ailing condition on a public forum is hitting below the belt and makes me wonder what kind of thrill people seek. We don’t realize how much it hurts the person who may not know what is going on in the outside world. A family is at the receiving end and the worse thing is the fake rumors that did the round yesterday on Whatsapp that Vinod Khanna has succumbed to cancer. The man doesn’t deserve such unkindness when he is waging a personal battle taking into account that the treatment of cancer can be traumatic. I think people who have overcome cancer can testify to this. Certainly, the people who mocked the actor’s illness wouldn’t like it if they or their family members one day go through this phase in life.
It is such a gross invasion and violation of the person’s privacy whose family wanted to stand in the same frame with him in the hospital. It is sad not just for the person or his family who deserve empathy but the ones who leaked the picture. It reflects on their level of education and upbringing. What did they get in doing such a thing? Just because he is a celebrity and film actor, does he deserve such a treatment on social media?
It’s such a huge disrespect to Vinod Sir and such gimmicks on social media should be stopped. It sometimes makes me wonder on the level of freedom trolls get on social media and I honestly believe that a case should be built against them. The actor who contributed immensely to Hindi cinema through his sheer incredible talent simply doesn’t deserve such a lack of respect. Stop sharing this picture and let the family be in peace.
Get well soon, Vinod Sir