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Bips, that’s child labour

Actor Bipasha Basu slammed by fans after she uploads a picture showing young girls tying her shoelaces.

entertainment Updated: Feb 23, 2011 01:53 IST
Aaron Rohan George

On Monday evening, Bollywood actor Bipasha Basu became a pariah online as fans slapped accusations of child labour on her. The 32-year-old actor had tweeted a picture showing two similarly dressed young girls tying the laces of her boots. An accompanying message read, “I need to learn to tie shoe laces asap! Embarrassed that I can’t! No patience grrrrr! Promise I am not spoilt! Will learn soon.”

Within minutes, the actor was flooded with outraged reactions from fans.

“Disgraceful Bips — cannot believe you are dumb enough to add this photo on Twitter!” read one tweet, while another said, “Miss basu it looks like child labour ... (sic)”

With Twitterati wrath getting too hot to handle, Bipasha instantly deleted the picture from her page. But, by then, Bollywood portal Pinkvilla.com had already saved the image and posted it on their website. Basu then tweeted in her defence, “Well the ppl helping me in the pix r my friend n sister, Who I help often with the same! So am sorry if it hurt anyones sentiments (sic)!”

However, fans weren’t impressed with this explanation, with one even pointing out that if she didn’t know how to tie shoelaces, how could she possibly be helping others with it! “She should have known better. Isn’t she a smart, intelligent woman? She must know how serious an issue child labour is,” says DU student Sushant Bhatia. “I can’t believe she could be so dumb. She should be ashamed of not knowing how to tie laces, and then making kids do it!” says Nalini Singh, 21. A Twitter follower of actor Amitabh Bachchan sent him the pic asking for his comments, to which Bachchan said: “Why would you assume that these are a film stars feet ..!! (sic)”

When confronted about the incident at a press conference in Delhi yesterday, Basu said, “I’ve said everything I had to, on Twitter. I don’t think it was child labour at all.” She did not answer when asked to identify the two young girls.