Columnist Shobhaa De has made several gaffes on social media for which has been slammed, but things hit a new low on Tuesday when she made a fat joke about the security cover in Mumbai because of the BMC elections.
Heavy police bandobast in Mumbai today! pic.twitter.com/sY0H3xzXl3— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) February 21, 2017
But the Mumbai police didn't take her crass pun lying down. Their official Twitter handle took on De and said this:
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
It is perhaps time for De to realise that this is 2017, and puns about fat people are a passé.
Talking and making fun of people's bodies is not something new to De. In April 2016, when Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton was in India, De had, in her infinite wisdom, opined that the Royal did not have the body to wear a saree.
In one of her columns, she had said, "Khair, let's count our blessings, ji. Kate has skipped wearing a saree. Her waist is perfect for crinoline ball gowns from "Gone with the Wind". But a saree needs curves. A saree demands a derriere. Kate has none. Thank God, some misguided fashion guru has spared her and us so far."
More recently in January this year, De faced much flak on Twitter when she asked External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to stop tweeting.
Sushma Swaraj : Resolution for 2017 - Keep calm and stop tweeting.— Shobhaa De (@DeShobhaa) January 13, 2017
And this is how Twitter ensured that De was aware that the joke's really on her:
Lol! Even Mumbai police is giving it back to Shobhaa De 😂😂😂 https://t.co/XON9CNhJTc— Belur (@iambelur) February 22, 2017
Shobhaa rehne De!— Gormint Bik Gai (@GormintBikGai) February 21, 2017
Mumbai Police hands Shobhaa De her arse back. pic.twitter.com/EKEk7NTpot
@DeShobhaa Madam plz kuch aisa tweet karo jo kabhi toh shobha de!!!— Shrey Shah (@beingShreyu) February 22, 2017
When you start losing it.... https://t.co/kSvKn8gWKU— ajitsinh Jagirdar (@AjitsinhJagirda) February 21, 2017
And some praised the Mumbai police for their clever retort: