Like many others designer Masaba Mantena tweeted about the SC order on ban of firecrackers in Delhi. But trolls did not take kindly to this. They spewed a series of abusive tweets and called her ‘bastard child’ and ‘illegitimate west Indian’. Masaba is the daughter of actress Neena Gupta and West Indian cricketer Viv Richards. The pretty designer did not bow down to these ugly comments but gave them back with a strong statement. It was the tweet where she simply said ‘yes’ that brought on this onslaught.
— Masaba Mantena (@MasabaG) October 9, 2017
In her statement on Twitter today, Masaba said, “I am a proud Indo-Caribbean girl who doesn’t know how to shrink & crumble in shame of something you or your society cannot handle.” “Recently I retweeted in the support of the Firecracker ban by the Supreme Court and like every other issue in this country, big or small.. The trolling & bashing began,” her tweet read. “By calling me names like ‘bastard child’ or ‘illegitimate west Indian’ it only makes my chest swell with pride. I’m the illegitimate product of two of the MOST legitimate personalities you’ll find & I’ve made the best life, both personally and professionally… out of which I’m proud of,” Masaba wrote.
Here is the open letter she posted on Twitter:
— Masaba Mantena (@MasabaG) October 12, 2017
Masaba who is the daughter of actress Neena Gupta and West Indian cricketer Viv Richards has never shied away from such incidents. Once she tweeted out her statement, celebs started to support her and showed her their appreciation for her strength.
These trolls are sad people, Masaba. By ignoring them you take away the only power they have
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 12, 2017
You tell 'em Masaba ! And there is no such thing as 'illegitimacy'. If you exist you are 'legitimate'. Nature has seen to that. 👍👍👍
— Soni Razdan (@Soni_Razdan) October 12, 2017
well said Masaba. You show them!
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) October 12, 2017
you are amazing, one of the truly most inspiring people I have met. learn from me. don't let 'em trolls get to you. you r bigger than that!
— Chetan Bhagat (@chetan_bhagat) October 12, 2017