The Twitterverse has given a mouthpiece to one and all. Like all good things, this too has been abused over time and has led to the creation of Twitter trolls! These trolls use all their (mis)pronounced, (ill)logical, (over) sensitive ideologies to voice out the most absurd opinions and ‘diktats’!
This is one of those unifying hatred which transcends borders, culture even religions – it is a global phenomenon!
The recent episode involves the Indian-origin, ex-Miss World turned Hollywood actor, Priyanka Chopra. The actor is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and has been a National Goodwill Ambassador of India for more than a decade. She is the first Indian actor to star as the lead of a TV drama series – Quantico. She has already worked in several Hollywood productions like Baywatch and films like A Kid Like Jake and Isn’t It Romantic?
In one of the episodes of the third and final season of Quantico, the episode’s plot is centered on a physics professor at a U.S. university who plans a nuclear attack in New York. When the plotter is caught, Chopra’s character FBI agent Alex Parrish discovers that he has Hindu prayer beads, which implies that he is an Indian nationalist.
Now although ABC has pulled off the episode before airing in India, and have since issued an apology, the nationalist trolls in India are enraged!
The Twitter trolls have held Chopra accountable with some misguided concept about the say and control of the actor in the script and studio. They have demanded and urged other ‘nationalists’ in the region to boycott Chopra’s work in Bollywood and even her product endorsements in the region!
There were some outrageous Twitter trolls like, “shame on you, Priyanka Chopra. Why are you making people dig into your half Christian religion behind your contribution to anti-India/anti-Hindu propaganda? How low you Bollywoodtards will fall for money & fame?” !
The point these self-proclaimed ‘pro- Indian nationalists’ completely missed is that Chopra is merely an actor working on a fictional portrayal on a show! She cannot control the script or the storyline! She is a performer who understands the difference between a show and the reality! She is merely doing her job and doesn’t deserve the scathing, ridiculous overreaction from her own country!
We have become a generation of overprivileged, sheltered, intolerant and oversensitive people! People in India really need to develop a thicker skin and tolerance. There are enough things to worry about and get outraged in India – police brutality in Tamil Nadu, rising price of petrol/diesel, declining value of Indian currency, polarised politics, religious intolerance, increasing unemployment rate and taxes, to name a few!
A fictional storyline in an international show is the least of your problems. Learn to prioritize your Twittering issues trolls!
Snigdha is a 'closet' writer with unapologetic opinions on life and people around her. She supports the cause of protecting endangered civil rights like free speech, equity, equality, and most importantly common sense.