October 12, 2017

Masaba gives a fitting reply to trolls who call her illegitimate child

by Neha Monga

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.

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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.

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“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’.”

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.

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