A Buzzfeed article on India’s ‘urban poor’, described as yuppies pushed to make questionable financial decisions, has been all the rage on Twitter the last 24 hours.
“Objectively and relative to a vast majority of Indians, they aren’t “poor” at all. But they’re certainly hungry and broke a lot,” the author wrote of ‘twentysomethings’ making choices driven by either vanity or peer pressure.
Though the author appealed to the readers’ empathy, the article seems to have elicited the exact opposite reaction, making ‘urban poor’ a punchline for jokes on entitled young professionals.
Here are a some of the best reactions on Twitter about the so called ‘urban poor’.
Urban Poor. pic.twitter.com/I7frmWhwxP— Aisi Taisi Democracy (@AisiTaisiDemo) May 6, 2016
When d CCD attendant questions loudly 'ur cold coffee with or without ice cream?' my inner urban poor cries and whispers without ice cream.— Rofl Gandhi Degree (@RoflGandhi_) May 6, 2016
An Urban Poor man cleaning the Pavement of Mumbai after driving his bullock Cart over it.(2002) pic.twitter.com/XUSisAr4JM— History of India (@RealHistoryPic) May 6, 2016
You know how everyone thought they were dyslexic after watching Taare Zameen Par? The Buzzfeed Urban Poor article is just that in text form.— Utsav Chakraborty (@Shockraborty) May 6, 2016
Urban Poor: Week 1 - Black Dog at HRC. Week 2 - Old Monk at Janta Bar.— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) May 6, 2016
They are trying to sell you platinum this Akshaya Tritiya. To afford it, you must be #UrbanPoor— Madhavan Narayanan (@madversity) May 6, 2016
Met an #UrbanPoor in a pub. He couldn’t afford a pitcher was ordering only mugs.— Bahadur (@my2bit) May 7, 2016
Urban poor drives Audi at CNG. #urbanpoor— Hun???? (@nickhunterr) May 6, 2016
When you take the metro to save money so that you can buy some extra shots of tequila at MyBar#UrbanPoor— Catwoman (@RoohaniDeshp) May 6, 2016
Just had a mango milkshake for Rs. 100 at a decrepit Udupi restaurant. *goes back and opens that #UrbanPoor article again*— The Pucca Critic (@ThePuccaCritic) May 6, 2016
I had 50000 rs. I spent them on rent, EMI, restaurants, cinema, 3G, costly cabs, beer, cigarettes etc. Now I've no money. I am #UrbanPoor— Amit Ganguly (@leosamit) May 7, 2016