Columnist Shobhaa De was once again trolled on Twitter for her tweet, which attempted to mock an overweight policeman, she seemingly thought was a Mumbai Police personnel. The author, who voted today during BMC polls, posted a picture of an extremely obese police personnel, and wrote: “Heavy police bandobast in Mumbai today.” The tweet backfired at Shobhaa as Mumbai Police immediately issued a demolishing response to the author. Mumbai police tweeted: “We love puns too Ms De but this one is totally misplaced. Uniform/official not ours. We expect better from responsible citizens like you.” It seemed that the personnel, whose picture was tweeted by Shobha, didn’t belong to Mumbai police. This fiasco once again led to immense Twitter trolling of De, who was earlier trolled for mocking Indian athletes at Rio Olympics and advising EAM Sushma Swaraj to tweet ‘less’.
Heavy police bandobast in Mumbai today! pic.twitter.com/sY0H3xzXl3
— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) February 21, 2017
Mumbai Police responded to Shobhaa:
We love puns too Ms De but this one is totally imisplaced. Uniform/official not ours. We expect better from responsible citizens like you. https://t.co/OcKOoHO5bX
— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) February 21, 2017
Here’s how some of the Twitter users responded to Shobhaa
@DeShobhaa time for some psychiatric counseling
— Vijay Chauthaiwale (@vijai63) February 21, 2017
@DeShobhaa if I zoom in the photo, I can see M.P. police written on his badge.Don’t keep tweeting nonsense. N yes, it amount to body-shaming
— Tark-vachaspati (@crashhgate) February 21, 2017
@DeShobhaa Kudos on the effortless body shaming, celebrity lady who is subject to unfair criticism about her looks and body. ????
— Sandhya Ramesh (@sandygrains) February 21, 2017
De, in a tweet on Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, had advised her to “tweet less” leaving many twitteratis upset. Trolling Shobhaa, many Twitteratis had asked Ms De to follow the same “resolution”. Ms De had tweeted, “Sushma Swaraj : Resolution for 2017 – Keep calm and stop tweeting.” Shobhaa’s ‘resolution’ clearly didn’t go well with Sushma’s followers, who admire her gestures and frequent responses to queries made on social media. Sushma is quite active on Twitter and have won plaudits for her responses to people to people in distress.
Last year, Shobhaa De was trolled for criticising Indian athletes participating in the Olympics by calling them a waste of money. De went on social networking site Twitter to express her disappointment at how Indian athletes did nothing but take selfies at Rio. She said that the Indian athletes went to Rio to take on selfies and will come back empty handed. “Goal of Team India at the Olympics: Rio jao. Selfies lo. Khaali haat wapas aao. What a waste of money and opportunity,” De had tweeted.