"actual farmers are dying without food because of the pandemic"
Actor Salman Khan was trolled for his social media post after paying “respect” to Indian farmers.
He had posted a picture of himself, covered in mud, after working on his farmhouse in Mumbai.
Salman captioned the post with: “Respect to all the farmers.”
The tweet quickly went viral, with more than 168,000 likes and over 20,000 retweets.
Salman’s post led to a huge reaction, with many social media users criticising him for the patronising tone of the tweet.
Some users pointed out that the tweet was in poor taste given the hardships farmers had faced during the Coronavirus lockdown while the actor spent time at his farmhouse in Panvel.
Respect to all the farmers . . pic.twitter.com/5kTVcVE7kt
— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) July 14, 2020
One person wrote: “You are safe in your farmhouse, actual farmers are dying without food because of the pandemic, and the locust infestation.”
Others decided to post sarcastic comments. One person posted a picture of two farmers working on the fields and wrote:
“Two fake farmers because they don’t have mud on their bodies. Bhai (brother, referring to Khan) is the real one.”
Another wrote: “Today, I learnt that it is necessary to apply mud on the hair, to pay respect to farmers. Thank you Salman bhai!”
Many claimed that the photo was staged, saying that the actor had purposely covered himself in mud.
One person wrote: “I am also a farmer son, but, I never get mud on body in this style.”
Another posted: “Sir how can one person do farming without getting his hands dirty.
“I mean your fingers look well-sanitised and those muds on arms maybe you have applied sum tan removal pack but got confused with the mud of Mother Nature.”
One user commented:
“You rubbed mud in your face but forgot your legs!”
Salman Khan has spent the lockdown period at his farmhouse along with a few family members and friends, which include actress Jacqueline Fernandez.
The actor’s social media has shown that he has been keeping busy by working out at his private gym, doing farming work and making songs.
Social media users also took the opportunity to blame Salman Khan for the death of Sushant Singh Rajput.
Hashtags like #BoycottSalman were prevalent as a large number of people felt that Sushant had been a victim of politics and power play by Bollywood figures like Salman.
Netizens said that nepotism within the industry had led to Sushant losing out on roles and eventually pushed him to take his own life.