As women, we are more used to being at the receiving end of incessant trolling, rather than incessant apologizing. But tennis player Maria Sharapova sure had a taste of the latter yesterday.
Yesterday, hundreds of Indian fans apologized to the star, for ridiculing her in the past (2014, to be exact) when she had stated she didn’t know cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.
And what brought about this change of heart? Well, Sachin himself… or rather, his tweet.
Yes, Sachin Tendulkar’s recent tweet about the farmers’ protest, which reads eerily similar to the message that most other actors and cricketers are peddling, has not gone down well with fans.
India’s sovereignty cannot be compromised. External forces can be spectators but not participants.— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) February 3, 2021
Indians know India and should decide for India. Let’s remain united as a nation.#IndiaTogether #IndiaAgainstPropaganda
And to make it clear that they had, indeed, lost faith in the ‘God of Cricket’, Sachin’s fans took to social media to apologize to Sharapova for their earlier outburst.
Am the sorry sis..— Thomas Varghese (@Aprilborn1985) February 4, 2021
Am the sorry sis..
Our duplicate God has no balls.
Few years back, we made a terrible mistake. Sorry chechi..☺️— Amalnath Sathyan (@AmalnathSathyan) February 4, 2021
Forgive us 🤗https://t.co/wnMFDT3WjU
@MariaSharapova ….now we also dont knw who is Sachin Tendulkar— Franky❣️ (@Franky_279) February 4, 2021
Sachin fans visits Maria Sharapova's facebook page to say sorry for abusing her 7 years ago…! 😂😂😂@MariaSharapova @sachin_rt— AJITHism™❤️ (@imThala_Kohli) February 4, 2021
But the real fact is now also she doesn’t know who is @sachin_rt😂 pic.twitter.com/ohKEzDKOnQ
Sorry Maria sharapova !!😥😥You told the great truth that day!— Gireeshpallippurath (@Gireeshpkkl) February 4, 2021
Hilarious story that serves as a useful reminder of the fact that as totalizing as the current BJP government’s power & its adherents’ groupthink may seem, the resistance is strong in non-Hindi (Malayalam, Tamil, Punjabi etc) meme/information ecosystems.https://t.co/sSFuKXILCp— Nikhil Joseph നിഖിൽ ജൊസ്ഫ് (@nikhiljo) February 4, 2021
Looks like when ‘the mighty’ fall, ‘the many’ rise to the cause.