The coronavirus pandemic has led to damage of lives physically but also it has also led to channel racism towards Asians. The celebs haven’t shied away either to use ethnicity as a punching bag to blame for the current crisis.
The latest to join is comedian Atul Khatri, whose latest meme around the locust attack in India has drawn social media backlash.
Atul shared a picture of an Asian woman holding a knife and fork. He wrote on Twitter, “On the other side of the border – waiting for the locusts.”
Here’s the meme:
While some found it funny, others reported it calling it ‘extremely racist’ and ‘not funny’.
Racism is more deadly than coronavirus. You ARE a racist. https://t.co/HHk6EYcFXP
— Angellica Aribam (@AngellicAribam) May 27, 2020
very distasteful and ignorant https://t.co/MDPAuTajoN
— insha (@yee__haw) May 27, 2020
Dear learned people,
Watch this video and explain to me why is my post racist? https://t.co/3fPddF228e
I want to understand and learn
— Atul Khatri (@one_by_two) May 27, 2020
However, this is not the first time the comedian is called out for his distasteful tweet. He was called out for his remark on Rangoli Chandel after her Twitter account was suspended. He wrote, “She’s a bloody Chandaal”. For those unversed, Chandala or Chandaal is a Sanskrit word for someone who deals with disposal of corpses, and is a Hindu lower caste, traditionally considered to be untouchable.
For the uninitiated, on Monday morning, the residents of Jaipur woke up to a sudden attack by a swarm of locusts which invaded many parts of the city. The attack was not limited to one colony but was seen in many areas of the city which left the residents surprised.