Designer Masaba Mantena who hailed Supreme Court’s decision to ban firecrackers in New Delhi on Twitter with a simple “Yes” on Monday, was trolled for her ‘illegitimate’ parentage. But Masaba is not one of those who would take all this lying down low. The designer, like a boss, gave a befitting reply to trolls who called her a “bastard child” and “illegitimate West Indian.”
On Thursday, Masaba took to Instagram and Twitter to shut all the haters, and how! “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,” Masaba said in her statement.
Masaba, 28, is the daughter of Neena Gupta and legendary cricketer Vivian Richards, who had her out of wedlock. Neena Gupta is married to Vivek Mehra. “By calling me names like ‘bastard child’ or illegitimate west Indian’ it only makes my chest swell in pride. I’m an illegitimate product of two most legitimate personalities you will find,” Masaba said.
“I have been called these names since I was 10-years-old and ever since I could read the newspapers these are two words I am immune to,” Masaba said. She added that her ‘legitimacy’ comes from the work she does and her contribution to the society, for which she says she cannot be questioned. “Go ahead and continue calling me these names if it makes you feel glorious. But know this… I’m a proud Indo-Caribbean girl who does not know how to shrink and crumble in the shame of something you and your society cannot crumble. It’s just in my ‘illegitimate genes’.”
— Masaba Mantena (@MasabaG) October 12, 2017
Celebrities like Sonam Kapoor, Huma Qureshi, Siddharth and Chetan Bhagat appreciated her courage to stand up to these trolls and posted words of encouragement for her.
Love you Masaba.. you make us all damn proud https://t.co/aIrHc73au2
— Sonam Kapoor (@sonamakapoor) October 12, 2017
Love you Masaba!! Proud of you girl ❤❤ https://t.co/OuDG21MSmQ
— Huma Qureshi (@humasqureshi) 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