Yes Call Me Bastard, If You Like

Masaba Gupta Mantena, designer and daughter of actress Neena Gupta and famous cricketer Viv Richards, had been at the receiving end lately for supporting the supreme court judgment on firecrackers ban. she was flooded with hate messages and was called ‘illegitimate West Indian’ and ‘bastard child’. Not able to take those abusive posts anymore, Masaba took to Instagram and responded to all those haters.

“Recently I retweeted in support of the Firecracker ban by the Supreme Court and like every other issue in this country, big or small…The trolling & bashing began.

By calling me names like ‘bastard child’ or ‘illegitimate West Indian’ it only makes my chest swell with pride. I am the illegitimate product of two of the MOST legitimate personalities you’ll find & I’ve made the best life, both personally & professionally…out of it which I am proud of.

I’ve been called these names since I was 10years old & ever since I could read the newspapers these are two words that I am immune to.

My legitimacy comes from the work I do & what my contribution to the society has been. And you can try but you will not be able to raise a single finger on either of the two.

So, please.if you must…go ahead and continue calling me these names if it makes you feel glorious. But know this…I am a proud Indo-Caribbean girl who doesn’t know how to shrink and crumble in shame of something you or your society cannot handle. It’s Just in my ‘illegitimate’ genes.” posted Masaba