A cricket Wold Cup advertisement by a Pakistani channel featuring a spoof using IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman lookalike as a prop has not gone down well with the Twitterati back home, many of whom have termed the “mocking” act “cheap” and “shameful”.
Just ahead of the World Cup clash between India and Pakistan on Sunday at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester, a Jazz TV advertisement for its live coverage of the match has sparked controversy. The advertisement mocks the captivity of Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman in Pakistan.
The advertisement features a man sporting a moustache similar to Varthaman in an Indian cricket team jersey having a cup of tea, which is just like the video released by Pakistan Army after he was captured.
Apart from bring in bad taste and mocking the sensitive issue of diplomatic tensions that had arose between the countries over the capture, the ad also has racist overtones as it shows Abhinandan’s face blackened to show his dark complexion.
This advertisement not at all impressed the people of India who started reacting to it in a furious way in Twitter. Many countered back by posting Abhinanthan showing middle finger and expressed their anger. Check out some of them here :
— V_s (@VSK21929617) June 11, 2019
— ViGnEsH HaRi (@VignesHari1) June 11, 2019
Pic 1 : Made in India
Pic 2 : Made in China
— Dharmvir Deshwal (@Dharam_PaG) June 11, 2019
— Epic Blogger (@kush_blog) June 11, 2019
— good boy (@sharma_harender) June 11, 2019
— praveen (@hellopravi) June 11, 2019
Cheap practice by #pakistan.
Mocking abhinandan for the ind vs pak match promotion…
Do not forget your record in world cup matches against #india 🤣🤣🤣#PakvsIndia #Abhinandan #CWC19 #IndiavsPak pic.twitter.com/qNsSDJrBKy
— cinebyte (@ranger1441) June 11, 2019
— Polltracker+analyzer (@Invinci30111984) June 11, 2019
— Shikhar rai (@Shikhar41252136) June 11, 2019
So, Pakistan just wants tea cup 😂😂 #abhinandan
— Venki (@venki_babu_s) June 11, 2019
Thank God, we are not Pakistan or making an ad mocking 93000 Pakistani prisoners of war would be such a tedious task.
— Sonam Mahajan (@AsYouNotWish) June 11, 2019
Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured on February 27 by Pakistani armed forces after his MIG-21 Bison crashed in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK). He had shot down a Pakistani F-16 jet which had intruded into Indian air space.
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