AIB controversy: Shashi Tharoor, Derek O’Brien post selfies with dog filter

Both the MPs took the #DogFilter challenge to apparently defend AIB’s freedom of expression.

india Updated: Jul 17, 2017 09:12 IST
Agencies, New Delhi
Shashi Tharoor,AIB,Tanmay Bhat
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor posted a picture with the caption: ‘Attn all trolls: I took the #DogFilter challenge! @AllIndiaBakchod’ on Twitter on Saturday.(AFP file photo)

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor took a dig at trolls on Saturday by tweeting a selfie using the Snapchat dog filter amid the social media furore over AIB posting a meme on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, who posted the picture with the caption: “Attn all trolls: I took the #DogFilter challenge! @AllIndiaBakchod”, was apparently prodded by the Twitterati to defend AIB comedians.

Joining him, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’ Brien posted a picture on the photo-sharing app Instagram with the caption: It’s the weekend. Time for a little bit of fun.”

The post was in reply to a Twitter user who had asked O’Brien and Tharoor to be a “sport” and don the “dog-face”.

The Mumbai Police filed an FIR against All India Bakchod (AIB) co-founder Tanmay Bhat on Friday for posting a meme showing Modi using the Snapchat dog-face-filter.

Tanmay’s tweet had a ‘dog-filter’ed photo of the Prime Minister with the caption #Wanderlust, adding “Dog filter is lyf.”(sic)

Several Modi fans took offence, and in return, the AIB had to face their wrath. One of the Twitterati, Reetesh Maheshwari, tagged the Mumbai Police and said strict action should be taken against the organisation for such a ‘disrespectful’ joke against the Prime Minister.

First Published: Jul 16, 2017 12:03 IST