Writer Shobha De has landed herself in yet another controversy when on August 8 she mocked the Indian contingent that are participating at the Rio Olympics.
Goal of Team India at the Olympics: Rio jao. Selfies lo. Khaali haat wapas aao. What a waste of money and opportunity.
— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) August 8, 2016
The accusation of Indian athletes ‘wasting time and opportunity’ didn’t go down well with the audience and soon her twitter account was flooded with fans and sportsperson expressing anger.
@DeShobhaa that’s a tad unfair. You should be proud of your athletes perusing human excellence against the whole world.
— Abhinav Bindra (@Abhinav_Bindra) August 9, 2016
— Gutta Jwala (@Guttajwala) August 8, 2016
@DeShobhaa a little harsh to belittle the hard work put in by our athletes …don’t you think ?
— Somdev Devvarman (@SomdevD) August 8, 2016
— Gul Panag (@GulPanag) August 9, 2016
Ms. De, kindly run on the hockey pitch for 60 mins & hold a rifle like Abhinav and Gagan. Bit tougher than u think https://t.co/XwZFKqZJjn
— Viren Rasquinha (@virenrasquinha) August 8, 2016
@DeShobhaa shameful tweet and considering how some like u prefer to be armchair gyaanis
— pallavi ghosh (@_pallavighosh) August 8, 2016
While India’s sports personalities called her comment unfair, the fans were not that forgiving and gave De a piece of their mind.
.@DeShobhaa Ma’am, with undue respect, I feel u could’ve got us a gold medal, but sadly uttering bullshit all day isn’t an Olympic sport yet
— The-Lying-Lama ☔️ (@KyaUkhaadLega) August 8, 2016
— Nishant Gambhir (@madnish30) August 8, 2016
— Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadejaaaa) August 8, 2016
Goal of @DeShobhaa : Porn books likho. Twitter pe bakwas pelo. Faltu oxygen ko carbondioxide main badlo. Wht a waste of space and human life
— Vande Mataram (@UnSubtleDesi) August 8, 2016
In the first three days India has come agonizingly close to winning a medal at the Olympics, but have faltered at the final hurdle.