From insulting female celebrities for their political views to slut-shaming them for wearing dresses that do conform to archaic social norms, online trolling on social media is the most misogynistic way to demean women who have gained name and fame for themselves.
While some choose to ignore trolls, there have been many bad-ass women who have hit back at trolls.
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The Indian women’s cricket team’s captain was trolled for sharing a picture of herself wearing a spaghetti strapped top on one occasion.
She tweeted out:
I m where I m because I sweated it out on d field! I see no reason 2 b ashamed f it, when I'm on d ground inaugerating a cricket academy. https://t.co/lC5BOMf7o2
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) August 20, 2017
In an interview with SheThePeople.Tv, she said,”I don’t think trolls can be shut once and for all. They scrutinize everything minutely but people forget that we are also humans and we do love to be like any other average person. Yes, our careers have been very successful but that doesn’t mean that we will stop enjoying life.”
She further added, “If I had to take very serious consideration of what the trolls are, then I wouldn’t have picked up the bats in the 90s. I have gone through far more challenging things than just the mere trolls. And they are definitely not worth my time.
Designer Masaba Gupta
On another occasion, designer Masaba Gupta who supported the Supreme Court’s order of banning crackers in Delhi-NCR was attacked by trolls who called her a “bastard child” and “illegitimate West Indian”.
She took to Twitter to slam the trolls.
— Masaba (@MasabaG) October 12, 2017
She was born as Nakhat Khan in Mumbai, Maharashtra. She is known to have worked in as many as 200 movies in various languages, including Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi.
Her identity was not unknown to the public, especially in the state of Tamil Nadu, where her fans even built a temple in order to honour her.
But when it became public, she faced criticism for concealing the truth.
Khushboo Sundar aka Nakhat Khan is a party hopper. She was with DMK and now with INC. its a matter of time before she jumps to Kamalhaasan or Vishal's party and oppose BJP. Ignore her politics
— Thinking Hearts (@ThinkingHearts) December 4, 2017
Some trollers have made a discovery about me..my name is #NakhatKhan.. Eureka!!! Fools that's my name given to me by my parents.. AND YES I AM A KHAN..NOW WHAT???late bloomers,wake up..u are 47 yrs late..🤣🤣🤣🤣
— KhushbuSundar ❤️ (@khushsundar) December 4, 2017
Online trolls also targeted ‘Lipstick Under My Burkha’s actress Aahana Kumra. Reason? She was dressed in a bikini in some pictures on Social media while at a holiday. She was attending the Darwin International Film Festival (DIFF) there.
The bikini-clad pic was captioned — “Sometimes you just have to go with the waves!”
Soon after comments like “loose some fat from belly”, “please go to gym” started being dished out. Body-shamers kept heaping Aahana with unwanted advice.
Instead of being demotivated by the comments, Aahana replied subtly, shutting them up through the caption of one of her other pictures: “Do we shape the world? Or does the world shape us?”
Disha Patani, who rose to fame, with her role in MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, was mocked at for posting a photo wearing a “revealing dress“.
In response, she shared a powerful Instagram note highlighting the issues of crime and body-shaming prevalent in the country. She made it very clear that she will not fit in the notions of an “Indian girl”.
Priyanka Chopra’s unexpected rendezvous with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Berlin left onlookers gaping for more reasons than one. In May 2017, PM Modi coincidentally met Chopra in the German capital. Priyanka was there promoting her newly released movie Baywatch while PM Narendra Modi was in town for a four-country tour.
But the actress was endlessly targeted by trolls on social media for wearing a dress and flaunting her legs while meeting Modi.
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) May 30, 2017
Undeterred by the trolls, Chopra decided to slam them by posting a picture of the mother-daughter duo flashing more legs.
More power to all of them!