Shobhaa De and the Fat Shaming Gag that Backfired!

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shibha deLittle would writer Shobhaa De have thought that her gag on an obese police office would backfire on her, the way it has. It all started with Shobhaa De posting a picture on Twitter the other day that showed a fat police man talking on his mobile phone, with a tweet that read ‘Heavy police bandobast in Mumbai today’.

Not many people seem to have enjoyed the humour behind the fat shaming joke, and the Mumbai Police went one step further, and tweeted right back. “We love puns too Ms De but this one is totally misplaced. Uniform/official not ours. We expect better from responsible citizens like you,” read the tweet.

It’s appalling that a person of her stature has resorted to cracking a joke, as crass as the one in question, and the Twitteratti haven’t been too kind on expressing what they feel about Shobhaa De’s tweet. There have also been suggestions that the picture that she posted was not even that of an officer in the Mumbai police department, and that it was just a joke for joke’s sake, and that too one which has left a sour taste in many mouths.

This hasn’t been the first time that Shobhaa De has created an uproar through her tweets, and her tweet during last year’s Olympics was one that won quite a few thumbs down.