The Supreme Court on October 9 temporarily banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR for Diwali this year. The judgment, which was pronounced to keep Diwali pollution-free in the city, received mixed reviews from the people on social media. The decision divided the people in their opinions. Many celebrities also took to twitter to share their views on the same. However, someone’s reaction that caught everyone’s eye was of none other than celebrity designer Masaba Gupta.
Designer Masaba Gupta Mantena, daughter of actor Neena Gupta and West Indies cricketer Viv Richards, had tweeted in support of the firecracker ban. Her tweet received a lot of flak on social media. The designer was sarcastically trolled and was called ‘illegitimate West Indian’ and ‘b*stard child’.
— Masaba Mantena (@MasabaG) October 9, 2017
A glimpse into haters low and ignoble words against Masaba Gupta
@MasabaG please go back to your Fatherlund so that you can avoid Deepawali. And ya stop using Fukng AC to save environment.Thanks in advance
— Krunal Bhatt (@bhattkrunal) October 9, 2017
Diwali isn't for ppl who don't knw value. Outsiders must keep their mouth shut jst to get some limelight. So u shouldn't do something wrong
— Shubham Hundet (@Shubhamhundet) October 12, 2017
Where was your voice supporting ban when they banned beef in whole INDIA
— Shreyas Kulkarni (@Shreyask35) October 10, 2017
I will buy 2 times more than last year so that it can burn hearts of you people
— irritated common man (@chodri_chacha) October 9, 2017
Why don't YOU filmmakers stop using Bombs/burning vehicles shooting & fire crackers during performance in the name of Green Nature!?
— DIVYANSHU DIVY (@I_DIVYANSHU) October 9, 2017
Not staying quiet, the designer wrote a dignified post in response. Read out full post below:
“Recently I retweeted in support of the Firecracker ban by the Supreme Court and like every other issue in this country, big or small…The trolling & bashing began.
By calling me names like ‘bastard child’ or ‘illegitimate West Indian’ it only makes my chest swell with pride. I am the illegitimate product of two of the MOST legitimate personalities you’ll find & I’ve made the best life, both personally & professionally…out of it which I am proud of.
I’ve been called these names since I was 10years old & ever since I could read the newspapers these are two words that I am immune to.
My legitimacy comes from the work I do & what my contribution to the society has been. And you can try but you will not be able to raise a single finger on either of the two.
So, please.if you must…go ahead and continue calling me these names if it makes you feel glorious. But know this…I am a proud Indo-Caribbean girl who doesn’t know how to shrink and crumble in shame of something you or your society cannot handle. It’s Just in my ‘illegitimate’ genes.”
— Masaba Mantena (@MasabaG) October 12, 2017
Meanwhile, here are few celebrities who came out in support of Masaba Gupta:
Love you Masaba.. you make us all damn proud https://t.co/aIrHc73au2
— Sonam Kapoor (@sonamakapoor) October 12, 2017
you are amazing, one of the truly most inspiring people I have met. learn from me. don't let 'em trolls get to you. you r bigger than that!
— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) October 12, 2017
well said Masaba. You show them!
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) October 12, 2017
You tell 'em Masaba ! And there is no such thing as 'illegitimacy'. If you exist you are 'legitimate'. Nature has seen to that. 👍👍👍
— Soni Razdan (@Soni_Razdan) October 12, 2017