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Sexist, Bigotry tweets by Celebrities garner media attention during Rio Olympics 2016

Compilation of Indian celebs who got trolled hard on twitter for their nightmarish tweets on female Olympians and remained the click bait’s favorite for the longest time

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Rio 2016 Olympics
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  • Compilation of sexist, bigotry tweets by people of significance garners media attention during the summer Olympics 
  • Shobhaa De remarks on athletes taking selfies while Sanal, while an independent director eats his own words on PV Sindhu’s celebration back home
  • Many awkward comments were made by announcers during the game which shows feminism has a long way to go

August 25, 2016: If sexism thrown in subtly by the NBC broadcaster’s on the U S women’s gymnastics team didn’t do the trick for your scandalmonger mind or if the Chicago Tribune’s headline “Wife of a Bears lineman wins Bronze” didn’t add the ‘desi’ (Indian) male chauvinism tadka then fret not, we have a compilation of all Indian celebs who got trolled hard on twitter for their nightmarish tweets on female Olympians and remained the click bait’s favorite for the longest time!

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  • Shobhaa De

When a well-known columnist for Mumbai Mirror, veteran novelist and philanthropist, types in words like “Goal of Team India at the Olympics: Rio jao. Selfies lo. Khaali haat wapas aao. What a waste of money and opportunity,” expect all hell to break loose. Many people were lashing out at her with nothing but blood on their mind. After all, no bad deed goes unpunished in the world of netizens.

After a series of beautifully worded quips thrown at her, she finally broke her silence and during a discussion with a leading news portal said, “There was absolutely no malice intended. It was said out of a sense of panic. At that point it really did look like we were going to come back khaali haath… When I tweet, I don’t calculate…Sometimes I get it right, sometimes I don’t. This time obviously it backfired.” De certainly doesn’t believe in an unadulterated wholesome public apology to the well-deserved Olympians.

  • Omar R. Quarashi

If there was anyone who could beat the infamous Shobhaa De tweet, it had to be a Pakistani Journalist. Unlike the above socialite, he didn’t stop at one tweet but went with the number 4 when it came to spitting venom about Rio Olympians. The notorious tweets came in when India was celebrating Dipa Karmakar’s excellent performance and Sakshi Malik’s bronze.

Omar R Quraishi tweets
Omar R Quraishi tweets

Needless to say, shots were fired. Not only by the regular twitterati’s but also by the Big B himself

Mr. Bacchan replied to Omar's tweets.
Mr. Bacchan replied to Omar’s tweets.
  • Sanal Kumar Sasisharan

Why should Dipa and Sakshi have all the fun? Sadly, PV Sindhu, first Indian women to win a silver at Olympics wasn’t left alone. An independent filmmaker from the south who was awarded the Best Director trophy by the Kerala State Film Awards recently mocked Sindhu by posting this comment on Facebook “Everybody is celebrating Sindhu. Makes me want to spit(throw up). What is there to celebrate so much?”

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Sanal Kumar's FB Post
Sanal Kumar’s FB Post

However, there was damage control, the director immediately clarified that he didn’t intend to defame her and he’s a women supporter

  • Ram Gopal Verma

These tweets by RGV make us wonder if twitter should start suspending celeb accounts while they clean up terrorist profiles from their networking site.

https://twitter.com/RGVzoomin/status/767567153931354113

https://twitter.com/RGVzoomin/status/767565018502164480

Looks like RGV stands unimpressed with the nation’s victory.

  • Piers Morgan

Last but definitely not the least, Mr. Piers Morgan everyone.

If you assumed that only Pakistan or Indian nationals could belittle Indian Olympians, you stand corrected my friend. Here we have, Piers Stefan Pughe-Morgan, a British journalist and television personality, who as I type this is being mercilessly trolled by everyone, literally.

– by Karishma Vanjani of NewsGram. Twitter: @BladesnBoots

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Scores of Our Favourite Celebrities Make Transition to Healthy, Ethical and Fulfilling Life by Going Vegan

Vegan foods are loaded with the vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients our bodies need – including protein, calcium and iron

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Shraddha Kapoor, star of "Aashiqui 2" and "Chhichhore", calls herself a "smart eater", and it's clear that vegan foods give her all the energy. Pixabay

October is Vegetarian Awareness Month, and Bollywood stars have gotten the memo! Scores of our favourite celebrities have made the transition to a healthy, ethical and fulfilling life by going vegan (eating only animal-free foods).

There are plenty of good reasons to be vegan, and each star has their own motive as to why it’s the right choice for them. Shraddha Kapoor, star of “Aashiqui 2” and “Chhichhore”, calls herself a “smart eater”, and it’s clear that vegan foods give her all the energy she needs for back-to-back shoots. Vegan foods are loaded with the vitamins, minerals and essential nutrients our bodies need – including protein, calcium and iron – without all the cholesterol and saturated fat found in animal flesh, eggs and milk that can slow a person down.

Demanding schedules, hectic travel and countless media engagements are enough to drain many stars’ energy. Vegan eating helps Esha Gupta manage her busy life of acting, modelling and advocating for animals. When fans quizzed her regarding how she maintains her figure, she shared that “healthy vegan meals” make her glow on camera.

Ayesha Takia Azmi is a longtime vegan, having made the shift to an ethical lifestyle along with her mother and sister. Not long ago, she and husband Farhan Azmi became parents, and she shared that she had “the most amazing pregnancy”. She revealed, “I didn’t have the usual problems like bloating or… body aches.” Plant power also helps reduce the risk of developing serious medical conditions, including certain cancers, diabetes, strokes and heart disease.

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There are plenty of good reasons to be vegan, and each star has their own motive as to why it’s the right choice for them. Pixabay

Richa Chadha has been vegan since 2014, for a variety of reasons. Foremost is her strong ethical compass. She wrote in a 2015 piece, “I can’t stomach the thought of someone cutting a buffalo’s throat, ramming a knife through a pig’s heart or cramming chickens into cages so small they can’t even spread a wing, let alone bear to ingest such misery.”

Recent eyewitness accounts of incidents at India’s major chicken farms and hatcheries back up this statement, and horrifying video footage reveals that unwanted chicks are killed through drowning, burning and other cruel means by the meat and egg industries and that maimed hens are stuffed into severely crowded cages for eggs.

Mallika Sherawat has advocated for a vegan lifestyle for more than 15 years. She recently released a public service announcement on the health benefits of animal-free eating, including the scientific proof that it can prevent heart disease.

Kangana Ranaut has declared, “Veganism as a way of life is deeply rooted in the Indian ethos,” and she’s found that vegan foods give her strength — both physical and emotional.

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The list of superstars going vegan grows longer by the day — and there’s no going back! This cultural shift isn’t limited to film stars, either. Just ask Sunil Chhetri how eating vegan has helped him thrive and benefitted his sports career.

If the ethical, spiritual and physical benefits of going vegan aren’t compelling enough, consider the fact that it’s environmentally necessary. Recent studies have predicted that by 2020, at least 21 major cities — including Bengaluru, Delhi and Hyderabad — will have run out of groundwater, which will impact 100 million people. One cow used for milk can consume up to 190 litres of water per day, so ditching dairy is an easy way to conserve water.

As our favourite stars make clear, it’s easy to be kind to animals every time we sit down to eat. In the process, we’ll also be looking after the Earth, our health and our moral compass. Pledge to go vegan today. PETA India is here with nutritional information, delicious recipes and tips to help you make the switch. Order our free vegan starter kit at PETAIndia. com. (IANS)