Most of us are familiar with the egg profile photo Twitter handles, or the random flower/god DP Facebook profiles. You know, not because we love our anda bhurjee or flowers so much that anything close to them stays in our memories. But because several of these handles, often, are the ones hurling the most pathetic abuses at other users.
Now imagine that you are a celebrity or someone who carries a lot of clout on social media, the number of such people -- trolls in common parlance -- just increases manifold. But over the years, our celebrities have stopped turning a blind eye to such noxious creatures. The result was the amazing clap backs that we were witness to this year.
Here are a couple of instances on Indian Twitter this year where trolls deserved what they got -- a stunning burn.
1. This troll who messed with just the wrong person
When JNU took out a dossier on the 'immoral' lives of its 'anti-national' students, a feminist page called The Spoilt Modern Indian Woman put up a Facebook post damning that dossier. The post called out the authors of the dossier for slamming Kavitha Krishnan, Secretary of All India Progressive Women's Association and for calling her a "Naxalite who has free sex". While the post started a zesty discussion on free sex and the inhibitions surrounding it, one tone-deaf troll decided to say "ask your mother/daughter whether she had free sex". A lot of people gave a fitting reply to the troll but the classy exchange including Krishnan and her mother is simply priceless.
2. This troll who decided to take his words back as soon as he realised what he had done
Saina Nehwal did not have the best of times in Rio Olympics owing to a knee injury that marred her run in the tournament. And when PV Sindhu, shone through, people started comparing the two brilliant players.
A guy decided to tweet this to her:
@NSaina dear saina...pack ur bags..we hav found someone who knows how to beat the best ones— انشل ساگر (@ImAnshS6) August 18, 2016
Nehwal being the sport that she is replied:
Sure thank u 😀Sindhu is doing really well 👍India is doing really https://t.co/7Sf2rztear— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) August 18, 2016
Twitter joined forces to slam the guy, after which her apologised to Nehwal:
@NSaina guys.i apologise 4 what i said.it was in a poor taste.i take my words back.i hav always been a saina fan & will always b.— انشل ساگر (@ImAnshS6) August 18, 2016
Nehwal quickly forgave him but Twitter is a very unforgiving place. Twitter continued to bash him for his tweet.
3. These trolls who have been rightly schooled by Richa Chadha
During the Indian Film Festival in Melbourne, which Richa Chadha was attending with Fawad Khan, he was asked about how the Pakistani culture was different from India's. Chadha took over before he could reply and said that the question does not make much sense as North Indians have more in common with Pakistanis than with South Indian. Twitter went up in arms about her 'nothing in common with South Indians' comment and trolled her.
She tweeted back at one troll...
Thanks for missing the point ❤️I love Tamil so much that I can read and write the language. But troll on!🙌🏽 https://t.co/lbkanCdrYO— RichaChadha (@RichaChadha_) August 22, 2016
... and then another one ...
Thanks. Bimbette is a first for me. Thank you so much ❤️ https://t.co/HCL5g69AYJ— RichaChadha (@RichaChadha_) August 22, 2016
... and the next ...
Yo. Getting misunderstood by most members of thine community. Hilarious. https://t.co/3bLIqkzxUQ— RichaChadha (@RichaChadha_) August 23, 2016
... and she went on a troll-bashing spree. TL;DR: you don't mess with Richa!
4. The trolls whose baseless notions were powerfully put to rest by Mayanti Langer
After Stuart Binny's not-so-great performance during the T20 against West Indies, trolls on social media started slamming his wife, Mayanti Langer, a sports anchor. She was going to have none of that and tweeted this:
5. The sexist trolls who were slammed by Virat Kohli
Anushka Sharma, rumoured to be in a relationship with Virat Kohli has always been blamed for his weak performance on field. Sexist trolls believe that she has been distracting him, leading to his poor performances. Kohli shut down these guys with a tweet that has become the most retweeted on of the year. This is the extended version of his tweet on Instagram:
Shame on those people who have been having a go at anushka for the longest time and connecting every negative thing to her. Shame on those people calling themselves educated. Shame on blaming and making fun of her when she has no control over what i do with my sport. If anything she has only motivated and given me more positivity. This was long time coming. Shame on these people that hide and take a dig. And i dont need any respect for this post. Have some compassion and respect her. Think of how your sister or girlfriend or wife would feel if someone trolled them and very conveniently rubbished them in public. #nocompassion#nocommonsense
6. These trolls who were asked to take a chill pill by Bipasha Basu
Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover had a low-key but a gorgeous wedding earlier this year. Her Instagram pictures from her honeymoon could put even the best of travellers to shame. But did that stop trolls from trolling her? Of course, not. She decided not to succumb to the online bullying and called out the trolls, specifically the ones on her post on towel art. She put this on her Instagram:
This is to address the weird comments on my Towel Art post recently.The first post was 3 rd Jan 2015, no strange negative comments. Second post this week , lots of weird comments.My question is why is it so disturbing and offensive to see beautiful towel art done by talented house keeping staff??? What has changed??? Now I am married so I can't like Towel art???? Anyways pretty ridiculous! Get a life guys who look for negativity in the sweetest of things. Be happy . Live your own life. And yes I will post more Towel art soon! He he because I love it❤️ There are many ppl am sure who appreciate other ppls sweetness:)
7. The trolls who were asked to mind their own business by Neha Dhupia
Neha Dhupia has an enviable Instagram account where she posts some of the most beautiful travel photos and impeccable fashion sense. On one such post, where she was chilling at a beach in a bikini, trolls decided to 'educate' her about Indian culture. So, like the badass she is, she put up another post where she was at the beach wearing a bikini. This was the post:
Hey... It's jus me wearing a #bikini on a beach. That's what most normal people do when they are on a beach ... N yes I took a selfie and am posting it... Try for once not to be disrespectful, crass and take out your frustration on the wall of a woman you choose to follow. I do have the option of unfollowing you or deleting your comments or of reporting all the weird comments but I don't want to do that. Through this picture all I mean to say is that if you don't have anything respectful to say, you can choose to scroll on. It's a much better use of your time and energy. As for the rest...Thank you for the love , always!
8. When Sidharth Malhotra took on the biggest troll on social media
KRK is known for his distasteful and mean tweets. He has been asked to shut up by almost everyone. The February Vogue edition had Sidharth Malhotra and Alia Bhat on its cover. His tweet said "Alia looks so Bacchi in panty but still some people keep forcing her to wear it." Malhotra decided to take on KRK and said:
KRK is not the one to learn a lesson, hence he followed with:
Sir Ji @S1dharthM 130Cr ppl of India also try very hard to tell you to stop acting but you keep doing films to harass them.— KRK (@kamaalrkhan) February 27, 2016
Sidharth Malhotra was also on a mission that day:
I think u need English reading classes sir! ,as u didn't read and understand my previous tweet ! https://t.co/62YyVXuZGu— Sidharth Malhotra (@S1dharthM) February 27, 2016
Well, KRK was never the one to make much sense, anyway.
Till the next year then. Bye haters, see you laters.