In the bizarre world of Twitter trends, we come across weird hashtags pertaining to anything that catches the Twitterverse's fancy. There have been many occasions when rumours about the death of an actor spread on the Internet after someone erroneously reported that he/she has died. Morgan Freeman has been a victim of such hoaxes multiple times.
Usually, a news report is the root cause of a #RIP trend. But on Monday, Tamil star Vijay became the victim of a bizarre hashtag despite being hale and hearty. #RIPActorVijay started trending after many social media users started tweeting with this hashtag. Over 60,000 tweets with this hashtag had been posted by the time of writing this article.
The trend prompted many to question why #RIPActorVijay was trending, while it also created a sense of panic among many fans of the Bigil star. A large number of the tweets with this hashtag were in support of Thala Ajith, indicating that this could be a result of the rivalry between fandoms of Ajith and Vijay, two of the most popular stars in Tamil cinema.
Guys what happend to actor vijay..did he passed away !??.feeling sad for his demise!#RIPactorVIJAY— lashmanan (@lashdon) July 29, 2019
Shockingly, haters of Thalapathy Vijay have started a new hashtag #RIPactorVIJAY which is currently trending on Twitter. The hashtag has taken over the social media and fans of Vijay are going berserk as haters are spreading negativity. pic.twitter.com/MbcbwDjT1q— A P E K S H A⚡ (@littlelovinsoul) July 29, 2019
It is not clear which group of fans started it as some claimed that the trend began because Vijay's fans started tweeting against the release of Ajith's next film, Nerkonda Paarvai, on August 8. Fans of the actors have always compared their stardom and a competition of sorts has begun between the two groups of crazed followers, each dedicated to proving that the star they love is the bigger one.
Background :Ajith’s Nerkonda Parvai releases on Aug 8. Vijay fans started trending #ஆகஸ்ட்8_பாடைகட்டு Ajith fans retaliated with #RIPactorVIJAY Result ~ Tamil youth priding their stupidity all India level 👍💪— பொதரு மாமா (@bushhuncle) July 29, 2019
Twitter wars between the two fandoms is not new. Fans of Vijay had trolled Ajith some years back for getting inked on the wrong finger after casting his vote. It is said that Thala and Thalapathy fans don't like to take the names of Ajith and Vijay in the same breath. The box office performances of their films are always compared.
In a poll conducted by India Today last year, Vijay emerged as the most popular Tamil star, but not before facing a tough competition from fans of Ajith, who ensured that there was a very small gap in the percentage of supporters of the two stars.
Not everyone supported Monday's trend of #RIPActorVijay though. While many Twitter users condemned it, some appealed to both the stars to ask their fans to stop slandering each other's names. One user posted, "What Tamil Cinema Extremists don't understand is entire country is watching this Twitter hatred between fans. It’s high time Actors should take initiative and advice the youngsters to stop this negativity."
What Tamil Cinema Extremists don’t understand is entire country is watching this Twitter hatred between fans. It’s high time Actors should take initiative and advice the youngsters to stop this negativity #RIPactorVIJAY— Sivanesh சிவனேஷ் 🇮🇳 (@iSivanesh) July 29, 2019
AJIT and VIJAY put an end to this NONSENSE (of BOTH parties) with a public statement .... the nation is LAUGHING #RIPactorVIJAY— hr (@rhhs555) July 29, 2019
Many Thala Ajith fans also appealed to fellow followers of the star to stop the trend as it only reflected poorly on them.
we thala fans know that how much vijay fans are spreading negativity about agalathey song views please do ignore that for one wonderful person called ajith sir so for him atleast ignore that vijay fans "live and let live" and dont trend negative tags plz#RIPactorVIJAY— ajithkumar (@ajithku62222277) July 29, 2019
GUYS GUYS dont trend a negative tag yaa we are the fans of one of most wonderful human being in the world so for him atleast dont do this negative things atleast for ajith sir please it may be ajith sir fans or other actor fans dont do this #RIPactorVIJAY— ajithkumar (@ajithku62222277) July 29, 2019
Okay!!! Enough is enough... Everything has a limit..only our THALA name will be spoiled.. Please stop #RIPActorVijay tag if u r a Viswasamana Thala Fan🙏 Let's not bring negativity to #NerKondaPaarvai movie which is slated to release next week.Let's Concentrate on our celebration— Nagarjun Surya Nayak (@khal_naik) July 29, 2019
The fan fervour for many South cinema stars is legendary. Stars like Rajinikanth inspire a rare dedication in people that's probably unheard of in cinema-going audiences anywhere else in the world. But a hashtag wishing death upon an actor in order to prove one person's supremacy is not just in bad taste, it also shows the shameful lack of sensitivity among a section of Internet users which could lead to a bizarre trend such as this.
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