Recently, there were reports that the Council of School Certificate Examination (CISCE) has decided to include JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series, and the popular comic series Tintin, in the English Literature syllabus for junior and middle school students, starting from 2017-18. Coming from the peg, in an interview with Bombay Times, Shilpa Shetty Kundra was asked about her views on the inclusion of these books in the school curriculum. Also Read - Explained: Can Twitter get banned in India?Also Read - Twitter vs government: Twitter India loses legal protection for not complying with IT rules on time
To which, she replied, I think having books like Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter as part of the syllabus is a great move because it cultivates imagination and creativity at a young age. I thinks books like Little Women would also encourage respect towards women at a young age. Even Animal Farm should be included as it will teach the little ones to love and care for animals. Also Read - Twitter friends/followers seeking your unwanted attention could be Unmentioned
For the ones who do not know, Animal Farm was written by is an allegorical and dystopian novel, which was written by George Orwell in 1945. In contrary of what Shilpa Shetty s belief that the book teaches about farm animals, the novel reflects events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and then on into the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union.
Naturally, the Bollywood actress was mercilessly trolled by the social media, so much as at time of writing the story, #ShilpaShettyReviews was the top Twitter trend in India. The Tweeples have been posting Shilpa’s possible and absolutely literal summarising of other famous novels, some of the most hilarious ones are Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, Virginia Woolf’s A Room Of One’s Own, William Golding’s Lord Of The Flies. Also, in addition to the the trending hashtag in Shetty s name, all the trolling got To Kill A Mocking Bird trending on the web too.
Half Blood Prince is about a prince with haemophilia #ShilpaShettyReviews
PT (@peeteeonyou) November 28, 2016
The Hobbit is good. All children should develop good hobbits. #ShilpaShettyReviews
Harish Iyengaar (@scaryhairyman) November 28, 2016
The Hunger Games is a great series on Karwa Chauth. #ShilpaShettyReviews
Nirwa Mehta (@nirwamehta) November 28, 2016
“Fifty Shades of Grey is an amazing coloring book.Children will love it”#ShilpaShettyReviews
Fats (@a_bit_too_much) November 28, 2016
#ShilpaShettyReviews Macbeth is an Apple product
anand lakra (@alakra) November 28, 2016
I just read a fine book about aquatic plants. It was called Sea of Poppies. #ShilpaShettyReviews
naresh fernandes (@tajmahalfoxtrot) November 28, 2016
100 Years of Solitude, a harrowing tale of a man who forgets to bring his phone to the loo #ShilpaShettyReviews
Swati Tyagi (@swatyagi) November 28, 2016
Shilpa Shetty has not yet responded to the hashtag or the criticism.
While social media is the quickest source of any new or old information, it is also an easy platform of misunderstandings. While this time Shilpa Shetty was on the receiving end of mockery for misinterpretation, recently Twitteratis themselves were trolled for a silly misunderstanding. A week ago, the British band Coldplay played in Mumbai, performing its first ever concert in the country. Naturally, after the event, Coldplay fans in the country were delighted and and wanted to thank the British band for its performance. And so fans took to social media, thanking the band, especially their lead Chris Martin for the concert. ALSO READ: Indians are thanking the wrong Chris Martin for the Coldplay concert
However, there was one small (but really big) problem, Coldplay s Chris Martin is not on Twitter. Turns out, all that while, people had been wishing a certain British stand-up comedian who also goes by the name Chris Martin. The not Coldplay s Chris Martin, gained some 500-odd Indian followers in just a day of the Global Citizen Festival!
The comedian Chris Martin found this sudden spike in followers from specifically India, odd, and so he tried to apprise everyone of the error by tweeting out a clarification. He wrote on Twitter, To the 500 Indian followers I gained in the last day I m not in Coldplay. I m sure Chris was great in Mumbai but I can t pass on the message . He even changed his profile picture, holding a placard that read, NOT IN COLDPLAY.” And so, this time the troll became the trolled.