What never happened in 70 years is happening now. You may have heard this line over and over again but this time it’s actually become true. In some sense.
Rihanna’s tweet has been deemed ‘foreign attack’. It was followed up by an official statement by the ministry of foreign affairs and a hashtag campaign was launched.
The tweet ‘Why aren’t we talking about this?’ was a response to power and water supply cuts, internet shutdowns, deployment of forces, spikes and barricades and so on.
According to international media, such as CNN, this was clearly violation of human rights. Rihanna’s tweet mentioned the said article as well. Her quote atop seemed to be a genuine concern. But, maybe, in “too much democracy” human rights violations is the new normal?
So, anyway, whenever somebody criticizes the government, especially the government, Kangana is always the first to jump in. This was her chance to gain spotlight as Rihanna attracts a huge following.
Kangana tweeted: No one’s talking about it because they are not farmers. They are terrorists who are trying to divide India so that China can take over.
She ended by calling Rihanna (the biggest popstar and the richest female artist in the world) a “fool”. aKa Pot calling the kettle black.
Rihanna did not reply.
Next, Kangana tweeted photos comparing herself with Rihanna. She pointed out at Rihanna’s clothing, which as per her, was inappropriate. (aKa slut shaming) She went on: ‘Look at me’, she intended, ‘I’m civil, more ladylike.’
Kangana may not be the queen of Bollywood but she definitely knows her Twitter game well. Always ends up getting the attention.
When Rihanna still did not reply, Kangana called her a communist. So, Kangana started attacking Rihanna’s work, repeatedly called Rihanna a ‘porn singer’.
Just about then the actual former porn star Mia Khalifa joined the bandwagon. Mia also supported the Farmers Protest.
Soon, Kangana’s frenemy, Diljit Dosanjh also jumped in; That too with an entirely new song on Rihanna.
Naturally, Kangana was outraged! She indicated pre-planning. How could you (Diljit) compose, record and release a song so fast? She meant to say.
Which led to another Twitter battle between Kangana and Diljit. Honestly speaking they both behave like Bigg Boss contestants on Twitter. Towards the end though, they make up for it, much like, Shahrukh and Kajol in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.
While all that transpired on Twitter…at the same time, on Instagram, Amanda Cerny posted a picture of farmers, writing: The world is watching.
Meena Harris (niece of Kamala Harris) tweeted: ‘We all should be outraged by India’s internet shutdowns’.
Ministry of External Affairs decided to step in at last with India Against Propaganda campaign. They stated: That sensationalist social media hashtgs and tweets by celebrities is not accurate and irresponsible.
Many celebrities joined in. From cricketers to actors.
It’s surprising that their tweets did not come out when more than 100 farmers died during the protest.
It’s surprising that these tweets did not come out when internet was banned or water supply cut.
But the tweets started coming out when an international popstar supported the Farmers. India Against Propaganda was made to trend on Indian Twitter by the IT cell (much like a coal company selling electric car!)
Akshay Kumar, Karan Johar, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, etc. Everyone tweeted. Many fan favorites came out as puppets. And if you look closely…the tweets followed a similar pattern with several similar words…such as “amicable”. In fact, Akshay’s and Saina’s tweets were word-to-word copy.
Kangana was furious as these other bigger celebrities had started to steal her thunder. So she was desperate and thus launched a personal attack on Taapsee Pannu.
As Taapsee had previously tweeted: How can one single tweet rattle your unity? So, Kangana called Taapsee a freeloader, B-grade actor with B-grade thinking and so on.
Meanwhile, a complaint was registered against Greta Thunberg by the Delhi Police. Forget terrorists or spies…We are more in danger from a Swedish school going student. As per the police, at least.
Ultimately, what can be learned, from all this? Virtual quarreling has become commonplace. So who has gained from it the most and what? Firstly, the farmers. Their issue has been internationalized thanks to the tweets. Secondly, celebs whom we used to admire (even worship) have shown their true color. Third, other celebs who did not become part of the propaganda like actresses Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee or cricketer Manoj Tiwary.