MUMBAI: Twitter was flooded with mean and angry comments on the Khiladi of Bollywood, Akshay Kumar when a screenshot got viral that he liked a video that mocked the police attack on Jamia Milia Islamia University. However, soon after facing the backlash, Kumar took to Twitter to clarify the incident.
In his tweet, Akshay wanted people to know that he like the video accidentally while scrolling the social site and does not support such acts. He wrote, "Regarding the ''like'' on the tweet of Jamia Milia students, it was by mistake. I was scrolling and accidentally it must have been pressed and when I realised I immediately unliked it as In no way do I support such acts."
Regarding the ‘like’ on the tweet of Jamia Milia students, it was by mistake. I was scrolling and accidentally it must have been pressed and when I realised I immediately unliked it as In no way do I support such acts.— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) December 16, 2019
While the trollers were already trolling and questioning his patriotism (as he holds Canadian citizenship), his tweet immediately received certain retweets, many of them claiming him "a liar". #BoycottCanadianKumar started trending on Twitter with several mean comments against him.
Akshay Kumar Liked a tweet which was cheering brutality on Jamia Students and the caption was— Nенr_wно™ (@Nehr_who) December 16, 2019
"Jamia ko Mil rahi hai azadi"
The bigotry and Evilness of Canadian Kumar is out in Open.
Lets pledge to boycott his movie from now onwards. #BoycottCanadianKumar
Videshiyon ka toh kaam hai desh mein aag lagana. Shame on this Canadian.— Kapil (@kapsology) December 16, 2019
Though he faced a lot of criticism, his fans did come up in Akshay's support, saying that they do believe him. The supporters came up with a new hashtag #ISupportAkshay opposing to the hate that he was getting because of an accidental like.
The students and staff members of JMI University heavily protested against the Citizenship Amendment Act. On Sunday, Delhi Police reportedly entered the campus and started beating them mercilessly. This evoked anger in people, condemning the act of the Police on the people. Many Bollywood celebs expressed their concern on the matter and lashed out at the authority.
On the work front, however, Akki will be next seen in 'Good Newzz' alongside Kareena Kapoor Khan, Kiara Advani and Diljit Dosanjh. People affected by this latest incident may also try to boycott the film in order to show that they are against him. The movie, directed by Raj Mehta, will be releasing on 27th December.