So Indians do not care where they poop and we all know that. However, they have collectively decided to poop all over Twitter now.
Shahid Afridi has offended the entire Indian nation with just one tweet. In the popular culture terms, he has “triggered” every Indian.
Firstly it all started from this tweet where he so casually held an Indian flag but also had the audacity to talk about “innocent” Kashmiris.
We respect all. And this is an example as sportsman. But when it comes to human rights we expect the same for our innocent Kashmiris. pic.twitter.com/DT5aF1wX8P
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) April 3, 2018
Appalling and worrisome situation ongoing in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.Innocents being shot down by oppressive regime to clamp voice of self determination & independence. Wonder where is the @UN & other int bodies & why aren't they making efforts to stop this bloodshed?
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) April 3, 2018
In the light of the tweet Indians were outraged at the audacity of Shahid Afridi. People like Virat Kohli and Gautan Gambhir started talking about that. Similarly the rest of the Indian twitter is also outraged and taking it out on Twitter. The hate that Lala is getting over this is unbelievable.
Although Virat Kohli gave a very neutral and balanced comment on the matter, some of the other people have been making much lesser sense than him.
Media called me for reaction on @SAfridiOfficial tweet on OUR Kashmir & @UN. What’s there to say? Afridi is only looking for @UN which in his retarded dictionary means “UNDER NINTEEN” his age bracket. Media can relax, @SAfridiOfficial is celebrating a dismissal off a no- ball!!!
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) April 3, 2018
Gautam, you cannot even spell correctly what are you even trying to prove.
Similarly, Suresh Raina gave his two cents where they so did not matter. His tweet, much like his career, is irrelevant.
Kashmir is an integral part of India and will remain so always. Kashmir is the pious land where my forefathers were born. I hope @SAfridiOfficial bhai asks Pakistan Army to stop terrorism and proxy war in our Kashmir. We want peace, not bloodshed and violence. 🙏
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) April 4, 2018
Furthermore, NDTV’s tweet was quoted by Asif Ghafoor. Shahid Afridi himself retweeted the comment by Asif.
— NDTV (@ndtv) April 3, 2018
We have seen time and again a rapid fight between Pakistani and Indian Twitter users over various national issues. Sometimes the Indians go overboard and sometimes Pakistanis do. The outrage coupled with the abuse form both ends has caused a nasty environment. In spite of all the good things about social media these days, it also has some dark sides.
Nevertheless, we have to really appreciate Shahid Afridi on how he has handled this whole scenario though. Indians have been pooping all over in his mentions after his comment about Kashmir but Lala has been respectable. He has been dealing this with a very cool head and has only mentioned that he will never think of playing in the Indian Premier League now.
SHAHID AFRIDI ON IPL
"My PSL is more important to me, soon it will be larger than IPL, I WAS NEVER INTERESTED IN IPL AND NEVER WILL I BE IN FUTURE,EVEN IF I AM INVITED"@sachin_rt @GautamGambhir @IPL @pradeepdutta20 @TimesNow @ndtv @SAfridiOfficial @vikrantgupta73 @ImRaina pic.twitter.com/OWaRkyozYE
— Waseem Badami (@WaseemBadami) April 6, 2018
Moreover, various Pakistani celebrities have also stood firm with Shahid Afridi. The national support for Lala after he spoke for innocent lost lives in Kashmir is commendable. We have stood next to our national hero.
Shehzad Roy tweeted his support for the cricketing legend by tweeting.
Shahid Afridi s comments on the tragedy in Kashmir echo my sentiments as well as those of anyone who cares about human rights. He's always been a champion of peace in the region and we're so proud of him @SAfridiOfficial https://t.co/7TNr4VMyGx
— Shehzad Roy (@ShehzadRoy) April 6, 2018
Pakistanis have also tackled this scenario in the best way we know how to: HUMOR.
Tweets followed right after the Indian backlash started and Paksitani youth have responded with some of the funniest trolls.
That is the best and worst thing about Pakistani Twitter: We can turn everything into a joke.
Pakistanis responded to Gautam Gambhir’s tweet with the wittiest replies and comebacks.
> Calls Shahid Afridi "retarded"
> Can't spell "nineteen" https://t.co/z0PBvh2yxj
— F (@furreekatt_) April 3, 2018
It cannot get any worse for Gautam Gambhir now, can it?
Few years back, I had gone to a shop, which was selling wall posters of cricketers in a village fair in Gambhir's 'our' Kashmir – There was no Gambhir, but mostly posters were of Afridi's! https://t.co/fZyBDxgB0v
— Ashok Swain (@ashoswai) April 3, 2018
Trolling Indian media has ALWAYS been cool 😉
Indian media: Shahid Afridi with weapons of mass destruction. pic.twitter.com/yo0CWWi4Gj
— Farrukh Abbas (@Farrukh_Abbas12) April 4, 2018
Lala has been making records since before he was born and this is a What The F*** Fact.
Shahid Afridi was only 19 when he pissed off 1.2 billion people with a single tweet. https://t.co/l5zq4y2CSn
— Shumail (@Shumyl) April 5, 2018
We salute you, CoAS Shahid Afridi.
— Bilal | HBD Hamas & Sanam (@bilalmazhar_10) April 6, 2018
The India-Pakistan war has always been petty and non-serious over Twitter. The jokes are repetitive but they still leave both sides laughing and “triggered”.
We have just witnessed the same thing all over again. We all need to take Afridi’s tweet for what it was and stop assuming there is more to it.
Calling him an ISI agent and other stupid allegations is just ridiculous. He is a Pakistani like all of us but what he said was mostly humanitarian. It had nothing to do with nationality and everything to do with being human.