The year is 2020. A dealy virus has taken over the world and brought it to a halting stop. A total of 59,628,514 have been infected and 1,404,287 have died. The healthcare system is overburdened and many have lost their livelihood.
In a parallel universe, a young actress is seen posing in a bright bikini on a turquoise beach with white sands. She poses for a couple of pictures and posts the best ones on Instagram. Her choice of hashtags includes #sunkissed #maldives and #vacay.
We don't live in a multi-dimensional universe, the realities are just very very different for the elite upper crust and the rest of the country. At a time when people are dying every day, our Bollywood celebrities have reached a whole new level of being tone-deaf. We get it--you can afford to fly off to exotic lands with sunny beaches on your private jets. But posting bikini shots and airport looks while the rest of the world struggles to stay alive is pretty insensitive.
Journalist Barkha Dutt first pointed it out on Twitter, saying she couldn't 'bear to see one more sun-kissed, rippled water image'. She wrote, "With apology to #Maldives but I just cant bear to see one more sun-kissed, rippled water image from there while our COVID numbers surge & jobs plummet. Its sort of the November version of Banana Bread & Celebrities would be be well advised on the tone-deafness of it."
With apology to #Maldives but I just cant bear to see one more sun-kissed, rippled water image from there while our COVID numbers surge & jobs plummet. Its sort of the November version of Banana Bread & Celebrities would be be well advised on the tone-deafness of it.— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) November 23, 2020
And honestly, Barkha read our minds! What are these Bollywood A-listers planning to achieve by sharing glimpses of their oh-so-privileged lives while the world suffers?
And okay, maybe if I had that kind of money and privilege I would also be vacationing at a beach in the middle of a pandemic (unlikely, but let's suspend our belief for a second). But I'm hoping that I would have the basic sensitivity to not post on social media, no matter how 'gram-worthy' the pictures might be!
Soon, responses started trickling in for Barkha's original tweet, and most of them said, "Girl, same."
Absolutely. Then we r surprised at the suddenness of the backlash the movie industry receives for unrelated reasons. We r so self-absorbed &so oblivious to what's around us tht we appear unempathatic. Let me also assure it's not like they r heartless, none are.. just plain stupid https://t.co/cnTPnKk3tZ— Nikhil Dwivedi (@Nikhil_Dwivedi) November 23, 2020
What surprises me is the wide collection of Bikini's all actresses have ? Do you they take a professional photographer along ?— Gurjeet Sekhon (@gurjeet63) November 23, 2020
To be honest, banana bread was only making use of overripe bananas and preventing them from being thrown away. Maldives show offs are just a high level of crass.— Nandita Iyer (@saffrontrail) November 23, 2020
Tell me about it 😢either pack me in your suitcase or give up your insta— Kavita Gupta (@KavitaGupta19) November 23, 2020
I couldn’t agree more. It’s quite sad that our society has absolutely no empathy. But aren’t we the ones who are responsible. Showing off holidays is the worst thing to do right now, only after the Diwali dances. 😞— Seetu Kohli (@kohliseetu) November 23, 2020
Someone just had to say that! Thank you. So many Maldives pics all of a sudden. Could they just be more creative in this time rather than focusing on just fitness, bikini bods, and then featuring in remakes and remixes?— Ramandeep Kahlon Sangha (@rkahlon2009) November 23, 2020
True. Absolutely tone deaf ! its like the cake statement during the french revolution :)— Hrishikesh Ramani (@hrishiishere) November 23, 2020
Dear Celebs, the next time you jet across continents for another sunkissed vacay, please temporarily delete social media apps from your smartphones.
A pandemic-stricken world.
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