How Masaba Gupta Schooled Trolls Over Insensitive Take On Her Parents

Fashion designer Masaba Gupta tactfully addresses a recent controversy on Twitter involving cricketer Ramiz Raja and an inappropriate comment about her parents on a comedy show

Tanya Savkoor
Nov 17, 2023 13:39 IST
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Fashion designer Masaba Gupta recently took to her X (Twitter) account to write a tasteful response to veteran Pakistani cricketer Ramiz Raja for laughing at an inappropriate comment made against her parents.


This happened back in September, during the Asia Cup tournament on a comedy TV show, Cricket Mastiyan, where a female comedian said in Urdu that those women who think highly of themselves end up with "Mr Black." The comedian was talking about Gupta's parents, veteran actress Neena Gupta and retired West Indies cricketer Vivian Richards.

Although the talk show seemed scripted, the comedian put her foot in her mouth, degrading respected media personaities on Pakistani national TV, which was followed by laughter from everyone else present. It is disheartening to see a fellow woman in the media making ridiculous remarks about a senior actor.

Masaba Gupta Schools Ramiz Raja

The clip is now doing the rounds on social media amid a similar incident going viral—Pakistani cricketer Abdul Razzaq's derogatory remarks against Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai.


Further, Gupta shared the X post on her Instagram story, captioned, "It's nearly 2024 - no matter who you are, I will call you out on racism and shaming my mother on television. Won't have it. That is still my fight."

Netizens responded with the tweet, sharing their support to Gupta's parents.


Neena Gupta and Vivian Richards are seasoned personalities in their respective fields. They had Masaba Gupta 34 years ago out of wedlock and co-parented her, while she was mostly raised in India by Neena Gupta. The co-parents as well as Masaba Gupta, who is one of India's most successful fashion deisgners, continue to get humiliated for their unconventional family and their personal agreements. 

Regressive Comments Made by Public Figures

Public figures, who are supposed to be influential to society, are expected to have a cognizant worldview. However, we see several instances of these public figures making mockery of people and sensitive issues. As Masaba Gupta rightfully said, its almost 2024, yet widely acclaimed media personalities often pass regressive and tactless remarks in the media.

South Asian media, in particular, has used mockery and humiliation as a comedy tactic for many years. There are several beloved shows like Comedy Nights With Kapil and Taarak Mehta Ka Oolta Chashmah that have been successfully running for years, but their notion of comedy is based on mockery, fat-shaming, racism, sexism, and sometimes even classism or casteism.

Not just that, Neena Gupta, Vivian Richards, and Aishwarya Rai are experienced and esteemed personalities, but they have been subject to disrespect from people in their own industry, even from those who are several years younger & inexperienced than them. When people in the public eye themselves have such a regressive mindset and do not think before they speak, how can we expect a respectful environment behind the screen?

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