When Sonu Nigam and Snapchat Speak, Sonu Sood and Snapdeal Weep
The latest victim of mistaken identity on social media seems to be actor Sonu Sood.
New Delhi: Social media users in their enthusiasm to troll seem to confuse who they actually want to target. After reports of Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel's comments on India streamed in, the country's netizens started an all-out war against the platform. The damage though, spilled over to New Delhi-based Snapdeal. Confusing the names of both companies, netizens went on to lower the app ratings of the e-commerce platform and even sent tweets to the company's official Twitter accounts with their choicest words.
The latest victim of the confusion saga seems to be actor Sonu Sood, who bore the brunt of singer Sonu Nigam’s Twitter rant against morning azaan. The tweets were soon subjected to immense criticism and the singer was mercilessly trolled. Thanks to the first name they share, Sonu Sood, too, received a barrage of abuse, prompting the actor to wonder what he had done wrong.
I am still wondering WHO said WHAT n to WHOM n WHO'S asking me to find out WHAT happened WHERE
— sonu sood (@SonuSood) 17 April 2017
What prompted Sonu Sood to speak out were posts like this one:
Here's what singer Sonu Nigam had tweeted on Monday morning:
God bless everyone. I'm not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the Azaan in the morning. When will this forced religiousness end in India
— Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 16, 2017
And by the way Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam.. Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison? — Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 17, 2017
I don't believe in any temple or gurudwara using electricity To wake up people who don't follow the religion . Why then..? Honest? True? — Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 17, 2017
Gundagardi hai bus...
— Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 17, 2017
The confusion seems to have stemmed from the hashtag used to troll Nigam - #BoycottSonu as #UninstallSnapchat was trending all over the internet, amid the social outrage people were confused between Snapchat and Snapdeal. The result of this confusion can be seen in Snapdeal's application review section on Google Playstore. The problem came to light when Snapdeal CEO Kunal Bahl came forward on behalf of the company and tweeted "Ppl asking us to make a statement that @snapdeal is not @snapchat was possibly the last thing I thought I would ever need to do."
The comedy of errors was not lost on Twitterati. Here are some hilarious reactions to the mix-up:
@SonuSood You are snapdeal in snapchat world😝
— Rishika Rao (@aadiivaasii) April 17, 2017
— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) April 17, 2017
Who said Indians don't have a sense of humour?
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