A tweet by Hooda was a reply to Virender Sehwag's mock meme of the student's opposition of the recent ABVP violence at Ramjas College in Delhi.
Randeep Hooda in soup for mocking Kargil martyr's daughter on Twitter
Mumbai - 27 Feb 2017 16:28 IST
Politics and film stars don't really go well together. Randeep Hooda learnt it the hard way when he decided to tweet something on Virender Sehwag's post mocking a JNU student's post against the recent Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) violence in Delhi's Ramjas College.
It was cricketer Sehwag who got the ball rolling with this tweet on his Twitter account. Posing with a placard that read, 'I didn't score two triple centuries, my bat did', Sehwag seemed to mock the recent campaign by students against the rise of violence in universities by ABVP).
The tweet was also a direct response to the campaign which began with 20-year-old Gurmeher Kaur asking for a solution to the growing violence on university campuses. The campaign has gone viral, receiving widespread support from students around the country.
Sehwag's tweet found some appreciation from actor Hooda. Hooda, perhaps in jest, applauded Sehwag's tweet. It began quite the backlash for the actor.
What Hooda did not expect was the extent of the backlash. From fans to journalists, Twitterati condemned this response by the actor.
Lesson why irreverance is best.Your heroes on & off screen aren't immune to trolling a 20 yr old woman who knows her mind ðÂÂÂÂÂÂ https://t.co/DlqnGKCQYB— Shalini Sharma (@nutshal) February 26, 2017
Hooda could have defused the situation, but he went on to suggest that Kaur might just be a 'pawn' in the political game. In addition to calling the 'political angle', Hooda even doubted the young woman's ability to take a stance herself.
This did not go down well with anyone. Journalist Shekhar Gupta tweeted back to Hooda saying it was a 'sad' statement.
Sad, from you, Viru & Randeep, big-hearted stars. Nobody's patriotism needs certificates & hers has stamp of her father's supreme sacrifice https://t.co/6UAc98i2tH— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) February 26, 2017
This did not stop Hooda from escalating the conflict further. He reiterated his claim that she is a political pawn, and even suggested that any idea that the campaign might change the situation is 'naive'.
Gurmeher Kaur herself stepped in to reply to Hooda, taking on the 'political pawn' comment.
This softened up Hooda's approach a bit, and he conceded the point that violence in campuses is wrong. However, he refused to let go of the political angle throughout the debate.
To be fair to the actor, he continued to argue his point of view quite confidently. He even suggested that while he was against violence on campuses, it was his freedom of expression to speak against the campaign.
As for Kaur's opinion of Hooda's stance, it is quite clear from the last tweet she retweeted. It reads: