Zee News deletes ‘pig’s heart in human’ tweet with Sudhir Chaudhary’s photo after facing public ridicule; Congress leader takes potshot


Zee News has been forced to delete its ‘pig’s heart in human’ tweet with Sudhir Chaudhary’s photo after the TV channel faced widespread ridicule.

Zee News on Wednesday had tweeted a promotional post for Sudhir Chaudhary’s prime time show, DNA, on the microblogging site. The tweet by Zee News read, “Qudrat ko challenge ka DNA test. Dekhiye DNA raat 9 baje Sudhir Chaudhary ke saath (The DNA test of a challenge to nature. Watch DNA tonight at 9 PM with Sudhir Chaudhary).”

However, it was the photo that Zee News shared made the TV channel and Chaudhary a topic of public ridicule. The controversial image carried Chaudhary’s photo alongside a caption that read, “Pig’s heart in a human. A DNA test of a challenge to nature.”

Chaudhary was quick to share the promotional tweet, posted by Zee News. He wrote, “Your favourite show DNA is Live on Twitter now. Stay connected wherever you are.”

What Chaudhary didn’t realise was that Zee News would soon delete the tweet in light of mounting embarrassment for the TV channel and himself. Many of his critics began to ridicule him asking if Zee News was inadvertently referring its own anchor as a ‘human with pig’s heart’ given the placement of his photo alongside the controversial caption.

Youth Congress leader Srinivas took a potshot as he wrote, “Is this for real?”

Soon, Twitter erupted with jokes targeting Chaudhary and Zee News.

A US man recently became the first person in the world to get a heart transplant from a genetically-modified pig. Doctors have said that the 57-year-old man, identified as David Bennett, is reported to be doing well five days after the experimental seven-hour procedure in Baltimore.

Chaudhary had courted controversy last year after he was invited as a guest by the Abu Dhabi unit of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. A princess from the UAE’s royal family had opposed the invitation and called him an ‘intolerant terrorist.’