Bollywood actress Esha Gupta’s support for a friend who said Alex Iwobi is a gorilla, has brought under The knives of social media users who tagged her racist, despite her position as an Arsenal Ambassador.
Esha, an avid Arsenal supporter and an ambassador of the English Premier League side, criticised Iwobi’s performance in the club’s recent game on a WhatsApp conversation with her friend which she later shared as an Instagram story.
“Solves our winger issues. I can’t see that gorilla faced Iwobi running down the flank again.
He’s so bad ya,” read the screenshot, which according to IANS, was written by Esha’s friend.
As a reply, Esha typed out: “Haha… I don’t know why they don’t bench him more.”
— Chris (@LondonGoona) January 27, 2019
Following the criticism on Instagram, Esha took to Twitter to apologise for her words.
”Guys I am sorry you thought it was racist. Was bad on my part, being a sports lover. Sorry guys, forgive the stupidity.’
She later clarified her words during the Whatsapp conversation as out of frustration and that she failed to realise that it was directed towards racism.
“It was us discussing our frustration during the game.sorry as I din realise it directed towards racism.laughed over the spur of the moment, which was the games result guys.been victim of racism myself before. But this is not something m proud of. It was a fault,sorry guys”
It was us discussing our frustration during the game.sorry as I din realise it directed towards racism.laughed over the spur of the moment, which was the games result guys.been victim of racism myself before. But this is not something m proud of. It was a fault,sorry guys
— Esha Gupta (@eshagupta2811) January 27, 2019
Making Racist remarks to a Academy graduate of your beloved club after being a club ambassador and role model and trying to save yourself with that hashtag. Ironic.
— Subh@yan (@warriorROONEY) January 27, 2019
Don’t put #gooner4life after such stupidness we don’t wanna be associated with such dumbassery
— name: yega (@YEGASMITH) January 27, 2019
Apologise to Iwobi
— Kairu (@Kairu_Waweru) January 27, 2019