As the media frenzy around the so-called ‘drug nexus’ that Rhea Chakraborty was allegedly involved in tries to make it look like the arrest of El Chapo, the basic reasons seem to evade most news channels. She’s actually been arrested for the possession of just over 40-50 grams of cannabis, a meagre amount that usually just involves a fine to be paid. The insanity of this media trial has not been lost on the public, as a large section of India has partaken, not to mention the NCB usually carries out busts involving 1000s of kilos of marijuana.
for legal reasons this is the methi i bought back in march #BlazeItUpForRhea pic.twitter.com/O7TvKUg7BP— Shanmuk_dumpa (@shanmuk_dumpa) September 9, 2020
When his pusher gets him :-— Elina🌹 (@LawyerInBaking) September 9, 2020
the best weed v. Dry gobar instead .#BlazeItUpForRhea pic.twitter.com/KKREa3MXMc
Two farmers in methi farm #BlazeItUpForRhea pic.twitter.com/DQbIrNxL03— Zareen Zaidi(ZZ) (@noobinvestors) September 9, 2020
Modi blazes it up for Rhea #BlazeItUpForRhea pic.twitter.com/jo35RuUoNX— sea✨ (@psyxhosia) September 9, 2020
For legal reasons, this is Kasoori Methi only.#BlazeItUpForRhea pic.twitter.com/8Z3MIxgFSN— Mannat Sharma (@mannat_s16) September 9, 2020
the guys who used to blow smoke in their cameras and post hookah stories are now saying “arrest rhea”?????? the hypocrisy????#BlazeItUpForRhea— pari🌈 (@burritobaby24) September 9, 2020
Seth Rogen supports #BlazeItUpForRhea https://t.co/yI1LDqKYYS— Shreemi Verma (@shreemiverma) September 9, 2020
people celebrating Rhea’s arrest are either nine or out of their mind. #BlazeItUpForRhea #JusticeForRhea— S A M A D (@SamadIsrar) September 9, 2020
Lesssgooo full support riri #BlazeItUpForRhea @unavailabelle 😼😼😼😼 pic.twitter.com/1Q7wcnn4AQ— Ana☁️ (@hawtgirlbummer) September 9, 2020
Bob bhaiya joined the server#BlazeItUpForRhea pic.twitter.com/HJhlceHBRH— Send Bob&Vagene (@BROmophenol_) September 9, 2020
For legal reasons, this is a rolled cigarette #BlazeItUpForRhea pic.twitter.com/v8XSV5FTYy— Anilchokkakula (@Anilchokkakula1) September 9, 2020
This is an indian weed shop during the british rule. Our culture was a beautiful thing before the capitalism monsters came along. #BlazeItUpForRhea pic.twitter.com/tgZddei6os— cokejesus (@zeel94722864) September 9, 2020
Whatever the rest of the case details are, vilifying someone nationally for possessing a few grams of weed is wholly excessive. At least this Twitter trend finds some solace in humour.