British journalist Piers Morgan on Wednesday became the dominating theme of social media conversation for his criticism of India’s poor performance in Rio Olympics.
In his tweet, Morgan, who’s now moved to the US and presents a flagship show on CNN, mocked India’s hyped celebration at winning just two Rio Olympics medals.
He tweeted, “Country with 1.2 billion people wildly celebrates 2 losing medals. How embarrassing is that?”
Country with 1.2 billion people wildly celebrates 2 losing medals. How embarrassing is that? https://t.co/FYSBM7ErAf
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 24, 2016
His comment angered many Indians as they began to troll the British journalist. Noted among them were controversial Indian writer, Chetan Bhagat and socialite Suhel Seth.
Piers, it seems, was on fire as he responded with incredibly witty one-liners to his Indian critics.
Bhagat, while commenting on Piers’ tweet, misspelled the journalist’s first name.
Bhagat’s tweet read, “We honor achievers Peirs. Top 3 in the world,despite 3rd world sports facilities isn’t loser.It is freaking amazing!”
We honor achievers Peirs. Top 3 in the world,despite 3rd world sports facilities isn't loser.It is freaking amazing! https://t.co/pbFuP0Hmky
— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) August 24, 2016
To which, Piers too replied by wrongly spelling the name of the Indian writer.
Piers wrote, ” Noted, Chatan.”
Piers wasn’t finished yet as he appeared determined to tackle his Indian critics on Twitter head-on.
True to his form, Seth didn’t hesitate to make his attack against Piers personal.
His tweet read, “What is even more embarrassing are your snivelling interviews as if you had a diaper in your mouth. Sad.
What is even more embarrassing are your snivelling interviews as if you had a diaper in your mouth. Sad. https://t.co/9jf55sBwAU
— SUHEL SETH (@suhelseth) August 24, 2016
Pat came the reply from the 51-year-old British journalist, “At least you’ll never have to worry about being one of my interviewees, Suhel. I only interview famous people.”
At least you'll never have to worry about being one of my interviewees, Suhel.
I only interview famous people. https://t.co/yPGf3TLtNr
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 24, 2016
The former Daily Mail editor also received plenty of support from Indian social media users including some popular celebrities.
Film director and a prolific Twitter user, Shirish Kunder reminded all of how Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi too had once allegedly tweeted expressing similar thoughts as that of Piers.
Modi’s alleged tweet had gone a step further and asked the Indians to die of shame. But of course, this was during his time as an opposition leader.
Modi Ji also agrees with Piers Morgan?! pic.twitter.com/HfT3uk7jpO
— Shirish Kunder (@ShirishKunder) August 24, 2016
As expected, Piers was nimble-footed in retweeting Kunder’s tweet that included the snapshot of Modi’s tweet.
With just one silver and a bronze, India had finished at an appallingly 67th position in the Rio Olympics medal table.
In contrast, the British contingent had returned home with 67 medals including 27 gold, 23 silver and 17 bronze. This was two more than what the British athletes had achieved in London Olympics four years ago.
Here are some other social media reactions:
People getting furious with Piers Morgan.
Guys, this is what he does.
He's a professional troll.
He's KRK with a British accent.
— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) August 24, 2016
*Too much drama already faces so quietly types out tweet supporting popular sentiment so yes yes piers Morgan what a total lie he tweeted*
— Tanmay Bhat (@thetanmay) August 24, 2016
Piers Morgan is right. We shud stop glorifying small achievements!We shud focus on our job instead of blaming Modi, LG, MCD, DP all the time
— Keh Ke Peheno (@coolfunnytshirt) August 24, 2016
If trolling was a sport, India would be having the maximum number of gold medals for ripping Piers Morgan apart.
— Gautam (@gautamverma23) August 24, 2016
Told you Piers Morgan is my long lost twin pic.twitter.com/G82uxgV4tU
— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) August 24, 2016
Piers morgan getting acquainted with Indian nationalist twitter in 3… 2… https://t.co/rI2ptIZhlv
— Sruthijith (@sruthijith) August 24, 2016
What Piers Morgan is saying is not untrue !
First step towards improvement is to accept that u need to improve ! https://t.co/Wb3Kk8OpiH
— कोमल 🙂 (@Komal_Indian) August 24, 2016
We need Akshay Kumar to teach Piers Morgan a lesson, the way he taught it to Graeme Smith in Namastey London.
— Rofl Gandhi 🇮🇳🇹🇭 (@RoflGandhi_) August 24, 2016