As we reported in the morning, India got its brand new Olympic Goodwill Ambassador and strangely enough, it's Salman Khan.
And it looks like not a lot of people are happy about this. Like Aishwarya Rai, for one!
Yes! Ever since Bollywood actor Salman Khan was named as the goodwill ambassador of the Indian contingent for the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the public sentiment has been a long way from positive.
Social media erupted in disbelief...
Salman Khan becomes India's 'Goodwill Ambassador' for the Olympics.Doesn't Salman need a Goodwill Ambassador for himself?— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) April 24, 2016
Salman Khan announced as the Indian Brand Ambassador for Olympics.YRF slashes Sultan marketing budget by 10 crores.— SnG Comedy (@SnGComedyIN) April 24, 2016
Did they include Blackbuck shooting in Rio Olympics too? #SalmanKhan— Ankur Bhardwaj (@Bhayankur) April 23, 2016
Even renowned sportspersons couldn't miss the obvious and called out the bluff:
Kahi bhi ja Kar apni movie ka promotion kare,Es desh me adhikar hai Lekin Olympic movie promotion ki jagah Nahi https://t.co/ed6vCqNMXT— Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) April 23, 2016
coach saab! Log ko filmy & asli jeevan ka fark samjhna chahiye. Ambassador ke liye asli life ki chavi chahiye. https://t.co/jJR1lPHUhU— Yogeshwar Dutt (@DuttYogi) April 24, 2016
Even legendary Olympian sprinter Milkha Singh & hockey star Dhanraj Pillay didn't mince words to criticize the decision and asked for its revision.
While the big debate rages on, somebody started a campaign to ban Salman Khan from being the ambassador and soon, Change.org started trending.
We decided to have a look at the site for ourselves and were amused to find out the name of the person who started the petition. And we bet you will be too!
Here, have a look:
That's correct! The person to start the petition against Salman Khan's appointment happens to be Aishwarya Rai and we couldn't help but crack up at the unfortunate co-incidence!
Well, whether that's just a co-incidence or a smart ploy to give more steam to the petition, this is certainly going to get Aishwarya Rai some attention!