T-R-O-L-L Doesn’t this word sound common nowadays?Well, “this-common-word” is a source of joy for people who live to spice up their miserable lives by unleashing sarcastic comments on an innocent (maybe) by-stander on the internet. The slang dictionary refers to “troll” as the art of deliberately annoying people on the internet. But just talking rudely or maybe using swear words or flaming and even spamming isn’t trolling. To my surprise, trolling too comes with its own technicalities. It’s about choosing a victim and then cleverly convincing them to believe in the truth of what you are speaking, with no regards to how malicious or illogical it is. In short, it is the art of “pissing people off”. Also, its frequency now a days is so high that it only makes me wonder- how precariously we are using the “Freedom of Speech”?
Let’s look at some examples:
When Priyanka Chopra posted her picture with Narendra Modi on instagram-one in which she was sitting cross-legged wearing a dress which somewhat drew the focus on her legs. Guess what? She was trolled for that and slut-shamed for showing off her legs.
The release of “Befikre” starring Vani Kapoor and Ranveer Singh earned quite a lot of acclaim but Vani Kapoor bagged negative attention for how different she looked after her plastic surgery. Shah Rukh Khan was trolled for getting detained at the U.S. airport because he looked like a suspicious character.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was trolled for her purple lips at the Oscars. Also, not to forget the awesome comebacks these stars had for the people who trolled them. It has mostly become a game (hence the title!). Such trolls are mostly on cosmopolitan sites like “Twitter”, where every Indian personality is more than active. Be it the head of the state, a famous writer or a star of the entertainment world. At this point, I would like to ask- do you know who KRK is? Personally, I think he is the “TROLL STAR” of India.
Whatever it be, he is a genius at trolling people. He can troll people even without any viable reason, and that sounds like an exceptional talent to me. He has starred in a few films, acting minor roles, but as a matter of fact he earns more through trolling people as compared to acting because that’s how he mostly keeps himself in the limelight.
Like I have already stated, trolling is not simply being rude. Who hasn’t made fun of their friends on the social media? In fact I never leave out a single chance of doing that. But we are the common people and we have our own version of “trolling”, the subtle and funny one . Besides, it’s okay to make fun of our friends. That’s what friends are for, right?
But what makes me wonder is- why do we always have to comment on what celebrities do? It’s like reviewing their lives. I surely get that their profession has made their lives public but who asked us to comment on that? Did they? Well, freedom of speech is miraculous. Why can’t we respect their choices? Many a time they try something new and if that fails, what is the issue? After all, they are only humans and I guess we tend to forget that every now and then.
So, amidst all of this, let us spare the celebrities and help them lead a troll-free life, at least to an extent. Let them try out black lipstick and then fail at it. Let them wear what they like and show it off. Let’s learn to appreciate their guts rather than demoralising them and if this doesn’t give you a reason good enough then just imagine- someone trolling you for the slippers you wear most of the time and the hairstyle you choose to have, what would your reaction be. What would you tell them?
– Sakshi Ragini