The mother of the man shamed in the viral video posted by Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has hit out at him and his actor wife Anushka Sharma for exposing her son to public hate for their ‘cheap stunt.’
Gittanjali Elizabeth took to Instagram to trash the celebrity couple accusing them of ‘violating basic rights to privacy’ of her son in the video.
Elizabeth warned both Kohli and Anushka to ‘fear karma’ after exposing her son to ‘unwanted hostility’ and compromising his ‘safety.’ She started her post by a caveat that ‘the last thing we would want is to get publicity out of your cheap STUNT in the name of CLEANLINESS!”
She wrote, “You both posted a video for your fans n followers by VIOLATING Basic Rights to privacy & you shamed my son in the video as well in your post content. You both may be who you are in your fields, with millions of followers & all the PR backing you… You may be payed (sic) for your campaigning or maybe doing it for sheer publicity. As a mother, I would like to state that you have not only shamed my son @arhhansingh on social media by not blurring his face, but you’ve also exposed him to unwanted hostility and danger from fanatics for such a small thing that you claim he has done but have no proof of anyways? I am concerned about my son’s SAFTEY !!!”
Continuing with her scathing response to Kohli and Anushka, an angry Elizabeth wondered if by defaming her son publicly, the celebrity couple’s intention was to prove just what ‘good citizens’ they were and increase their fan following.
She wrote, “How dare you crush somebody’s image/and morale and reputation and expose him to public hate, a boy who is on the verge of starting his ventures, ..just to prove what good citizens you both are to increase your fan following? How dare you?? If you both really cared or bothered about cleanliness, then you would actively do something about all the garbage in your own lane.. You would make a noise and use your VOICE to urge the municipal authorities to take action atleast in the lane where you live, to start with, which you haven’t.
Posting videos of fake bravado just to fool your followers. If your intention was genuine then you would pull over and politely correct the person for littering IF THEY DID in a decent and real manner… and not by displaying such a rude and arrogant attitude, and then posting it for the world to see! You have caused a lot of grief with your post & this is morally and humanitarianly very wrong.”
Elizabeth concluded her response by asking Anushka and Kohli to fear ‘karma.’ She wrote, “You may be #AnushkaSharma or #viraatkohli in your house or on screen & the field…but on the streets you are just a citizen trying to correct another… DO IT WITH KINDNESS ….fear karma.
“And just FYI, he did not react badly, not coz (sic) of who you both are.. we couldn’t care less, but only because he has a decent upbringing! Unlike people like you, who seem to think that you are the empowered ones to talk and treat people as you wish!”
Son Arhhan trashes Anushka
Elizabeth’s scathing response came after her son Arhhan Singh posted his response on social media. In the video posted by Kohli, Anushka was seen scolding for throwing plastic on the road. Arhhan, in his response, had lashed out at Anushka accusing her of lacking verbal etiquette.
His Facebook post had read, “Horrible! So I happened to carelessly Litter a sq mm of plastic while driving ! A car passing by rolls their window down and there we have our wonderful AnushkaSharma ranting and yelling like a crazy roadside person! While I’m apologetic for my carelessness , Mrs Anushka Sharma Kohli a little etiquette and politeness in ur dialogue wouldn’t have made u a lesser star !! There are all kinds of manners and hygiene .. verbal etiquette is one of them !
“The garbage that mistakenly went out of the window of my luxury car… Was way less then the garbage that came out from your mouth… From ur luxury car’s window… Or the trashy mind Viratkohli to shoot annd post this online… For whatever gains… Now thats some SERIOUS TRASH!!!”
Kohli’s questionable act
While posting the video, Kohli had written, “Saw these people throwing garbage on the road & pulled them up rightfully. Travelling in a luxury car and brains gone for a toss. These people will keep our country clean? Yeah right! If you see something wrong happening like this, do the same & spread awareness.”
His subsequent tweet had read, “Lot of people who don’t have the courage to do something like this find it funny. Everything for people nowadays is meme content. Shame.”
In the short video clip, Anushka was seen admonishing a man, seated in another ‘luxury’ car, for throwing plastic on the road. She is seen chastising, “Why are you throwing garbage on the road?” When she doesn’t get a response from the shocked passengers of another car, the actor goes on to repeat herself while also lecturing him on his responsibility as a citizen. She says, “Why are you throwing garbage on the road? Yes, Why are you throwing plastic on the road? You can’t just throw plastics on the streets. Use a dustbin.”
Many social media users had slammed Anushka and Kohli accusing them of publicity stunt. One user had tweeted, “Why are you recording your wife’s heroics and publishing it in social media?.. is this the first time you saw someone threw a plastic cover from a car?? If your intention was to advice him, first be friendly instead of being bossy.. this kinda attention seeking is so cheap (sic)” Another user wrote, “Putting someone’s video like this just humiliating ! Did you take permission from them that you are putting their video . Being famous doesn’t mean that you can do everything. Lots of people do it without showing off ! Such a shame Virat.”