Bollywood celebrities Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn, Karan Johar, and Suniel Shetty recently reacted to the Ministry of External Affairs’ statement slamming international celebrities and entities for comments on the ongoing farmers’ protest in India.
The tweets were made in sync using the hashtags #IndiaTogether and #IndiaAgainstPropaganda.
Their tweets come after international personalities such as Rihanna, Mia Khalifa, and Greta Thunberg tweeted in favour of the farmers’ protest in the country. The MEA also condemned celebrities, who have drawn attention to the farmers’ protest on social media.
“The temptation of sensationalist social media hashtags and comments, especially when resorted to by celebrities and others, is neither accurate nor responsible,” the statement read.
After the microblogging site was flooded with celebs and sports personalities sharing the MEA statement, the other section of B-town including names like Taapsee Pannu, Swara Bhasker, and Sayani Gupta among others called out their colleagues for hopping on the bandwagon.
Taapsee wrote, “If one tweet rattles your unity, one joke rattles your faith or one show rattles your religious belief then it’s you who has to work on strengthening your value system not become ‘propaganda teacher’ for others.”
Sayani added, “Dear Indian celebrities/ actors/ sportsmen/ musicians/ stars, Grow some spine. Love.”
Check out some more reactions below.
Disappointed with the fraternity tweeting identical tweets that make it more like a marketing gimmick. Whatever their reasons & I’m no one to judge at least u could have tried to make it more original. Now you have given yourselves away. Reel Life Heroes VS Real Life Heroes 🙏
— Farah Khan (@FarahKhanAli) February 4, 2021
If one tweet rattles your unity, one joke rattles your faith or one show rattles your religious belief then it’s you who has to work on strengthening your value system not become ‘propaganda teacher’ for others.
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) February 4, 2021
और बोलो ‘Speak Up Bollywood.. Speak up Celebrities’
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) February 3, 2021
I have no problems if you are a right wing nationalist. In fact I respect the fact that you have a political ideology. But if you are still pretending to be a centerist or a secular liberal I think you are a piece of shit. Come out of the closet please.
— Anubhav Sinha (@anubhavsinha) February 3, 2021
Dear Indian celebrities/ actors/ sportsmen/ musicians/ stars,
Grow some spine.
— Sayani Gupta (@sayanigupta) February 3, 2021
The MEA’s response came after American pop star Rihanna extended support to the farmers’ protest. “Why aren’t we talking about this?!”, Rihanna tweeted on Tuesday, along with the hashtag ‘#FarmersProtest’.
Soon after Rihanna’s tweet, several other prominent international celebrities and activists including Jay Sean, Amanda Cerny, Lilly Singh, and Greta Thunberg came out in support of the farmers.
Several other celebrities including Priyanka Chopra, Sonam Kapoor, Diljit Dosanjh, have also spoken in support of the farmers.
Farmers have been protesting at different borders of the national capital since November 26 last year against the three newly enacted farm laws: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
Source: Free Press Journal