Bobby Jindal doesn’t want to be called an Indian-American, and Indian-Americans believe the 44-year-old has given them no reason to regret not having him in the fold. The community did not hold itself back when it came to cracking jokes on Jindal, who launched his US presidential bid on Wednesday.
The jokes -- triggered by professional Indian-American comics Hari Kondabolu and Asif Mandvi -- were trending on social media even before Jindal could finish his speech wherein he made the announcement.
Kondabolu, who has a solo stand-up act on a radio network, posted a pre-emptive tweet: “Anyone got photos of Bobby Jindal eating Gulab Jamun or Jelabi (sic)?” “Please release them. It may destroy his Presidential campaign,” he added.
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After Jindal announced he was entering the already crowded Republican race for US president in 2016, Kondabolu took off, firing off a string of tweets.
I would rather have Apu run for President than Bobby Jindal. More integrity, while also controlled by white men.— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) June 24, 2015
Bobby Jindal is so white, he refers to Indian food as "ethnic cuisine."— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) June 24, 2015
Bobby Jindal is so white, he beat himself up after 9/11.— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) June 24, 2015
Asif Mandvi, the rising star at Comedy Central who has done many episodes with the iconic but retiring late night legend Jon Stewart, jumped in after a while.
Others joined in too. Anil Dash, a highly respected New York-based blogger on all things digital with half a million followers on Twitter and 150,000 on Facebook, was one of them.