Things went horribly wrong for All India Bakchod (AIB) after its founder Tanmay Bhat posted a meme showing PM Modi’s face with a dog filter.
There was a wave of backlash against both AIB and Tanmay. Enraged supporters of the BJP demanded action, and soon the Mumbai Police cyber cell filed an FIR against Tanmay.
Mumbai Police Cyber Cell registered an FIR against comedy group AIB after they tweeted a meme about PM Modi by using the Snapchat dog filter pic.twitter.com/n2Wyym3wOQ
— ANI (@ANI_news) 14 July 2017
But the police action did not go down well with members of the opposition parties. And they decided to protest.
So in came Congress leader Shashi Tharoor with a unique dig at the controversy and all those who demanded Tanmay’s arrest.
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) 15 July 2017
Yes, that’s Tharoor using the dog filter on his own face!
But did you know that Tharoor is not the only one to do so. Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien did the same, too!
O’Brien was responding to a tweet by this user who probably gave the opposition politicians the idea of using a dog filter as a mark of protest.
Thanks for the idea . I just did
— Derek O’Brien (@quizderek) 15 July 2017
Tharoor and O’Brien had their share of support on Twitter in the form of other opposition leaders and loyalists:
— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) 15 July 2017
— Alfons López Tena (@alfonslopeztena) 15 July 2017
— Dhruv Rathee (@dhruv_rathee) 15 July 2017
— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) 15 July 2017
But there were voices critical of both Tharoor and O’Brien:
Here’s one sarcastic joke on you few years back made you so furious that you had to ‘strictly reply’ to it. You talk about trolls? ☺️ pic.twitter.com/nXnch7ZppH
— Akash Jain (@akash207) 15 July 2017
The #dogfilter challenge is nothing new. Loyalty seeking Gandhi family has always turned congress party men into dogs for real 😂
— Monica (@TrulyMonica) 15 July 2017
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) 15 July 2017
— Anand Ranganathan (@ARanganathan72) 15 July 2017
— Rahul Roushan (@rahulroushan) 15 July 2017
Quizmaster @quizderek posted dog filter pic to support AIB & FoE. An easy qstn to quizmaster.. Whose govt locked up a 17 yr old for FB post?
— Paresh Rawal (@Babu_Bhaiyaa) 15 July 2017
The outrage had forced Tanmay to remove the meme but he had tried to defend himself by reminding the world of this tweet by the Prime Minister:
— Tanmay Bhat (@thetanmay) 13 July 2017
Some quarters argue that if jokes could be cracked at the former prime minister Manmohan Singh when he was in power then why not on PM Modi.