“Bullying is a vital part of every ecosystem. It teaches kids resilience.”
– Frank Gallagher, Shameless
While bullying may be considered wrong, you can’t argue that being bullied is the best way to learn how to stand up for yourself. For celebrities, it’s no different. They get trolled on social media all the time, but most celebs choose to ignore their bullies, until the day they snap. While Twitter can be merciless to them, celebs are slowly learning to fight back against trolls. Sometimes, they are also supported by other celebs against the massive hate directed at them, while some manage to handle the situation well individually. Take a look at the celebrities who stood up to their bullies brilliantly:
The Neerja actress took to Twitter to condemn the Paryushan meat ban last year. Needless to say, she received a lot of flak from Twitter users, mainly because she called out the ‘misogyny’ behind the ban. People trolled her for confusing ‘intolerance’ with ‘misogyny’, but Sonam hit back with another post which clarified her statement.
Before being judgmental assholes. What I said was a critique of the general mentality .. Which is not exclusive to the banning of meat.
— Sonam Kapoor (@sonamakapoor) September 8, 2015
Kamaal R Khan is known for his offensive chauvinistic tweets, and people usually take the ‘silence is golden’ approach when it comes to this popular troll. But Sonakshi was having none of it. So, when KRK decided to pick on her, she called out to him with a harsher comment, and the troll was forced to apologize. It was a Twitter miracle!
Please RT this if u think @kamaalrkhan is a woman disrespecting waste of space and deserves to be hung upside down and given 4 tight slaps.
— Sonakshi Sinha (@sonakshisinha) November 13, 2014
It’s no secret that Abhishek is often trolled on Twitter. But the success rate that the actor supposedly lacks in Bollywood (as his haters keep saying), he makes up for on the social media portal. Abhishek generally responds to the hate, engaging in long, hilarious Twitter wars, where he always emerges victorious. Seriously, you should follow him on Twitter, just for his snarky, sarcastic replies.
@mainbhiengineer well a million tweets will most probably take you a lot more than 3 hrs and will cost you more than 300rs. U do the maths!!
— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) March 20, 2016
While PM Modi’s #SelfieWithDaughter campaign seemed like a great idea at first, Seth pointed out the hypocrisy behind it, and made several valid points. But a tweet against the PM led to a series of attacks on the actress on Twitter. Seth responded with an open letter, and also a Twitter post letting her trolls know that she wasn’t affected by all the criticism.
Ok now I'm bored of you trolls. Moving on to do better things with my day. But don't let that stop you guys. Carry on with my blessings
— Shruti Seth (@SethShruti) June 29, 2015
Alia became the butt of all jokes after her goof-up on Koffee with Karan. Memes and SMSes followed, mocking the actress’s intelligence. But Alia took it all in her stride and also made a comeback video with the help of AIB, in which she mocks herself. Watch the video, titled ‘Genius of the Year’, a spin on the Alia-starrer Student of the Year, here:
Mrs Funnybones is our favorite celebrity on Twitter. Her tweets are smart, honest, and her comebacks are simply hilarious. From calling out Rajdeep Sardesai for his sexist attitude, to lashing out at Naseeruddin Shah for comments against her late father, to putting trolls in their proper place, the woman owns Twitter. Read what she had to say about Twitter trolls:
Hahaha Trolls:it's like spraying'Hit'&all the cockroaches come gasping&squirming out of the corners,Dudes what I think matters so much to u?
— Twinkle Khanna (@mrsfunnybones) May 26, 2015
There’s no doubt that TOI is one of the most sexist and sensationalist publications in India. Two years ago, they posted a cleavage-baring image of Deepika Padukone, which was later shared on their Twitter handle. In a fit of rage, Deepika called them out for their sexist behavior and hypocrisy. Following her tweets, TOI removed the post from their timeline.
Supposedly India's 'LEADING' newspaper and this is 'NEWS'!!?? pic.twitter.com/D3wiVVXuyM
— Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) September 14, 2014
Not many celebrities have the spine to stand up to Salman Khan – the King of B-town. Even when he made the ‘raped woman’ comment, celebs decided to keep mum. But Sona Mohapatra was not one of them. Not only did she post a tweet against the Sultan actor, she even slammed his fans who trolled her for the tweet.
Dear Bhai Chamcha's,
You continue to prove my point with every perverted, sick, cheap message you write to me. HaHa pic.twitter.com/9lZAcydfHs
— #SonaLIVE (@sonamohapatra) June 21, 2016
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