There is a story about how, when the people of France were starving due to food shortages, the then-queen Marie Antoinette said, in response to them not having bread to eat: “Let them eat cake.” This story, likely untrue, is a commentary on how the privileged are often blinded to the ground realities of others who are suffering.
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While we as a world continue to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, paying for it with our jobs and risking our lives, seeing celebrities jet off to pristine white beaches and looking at their stories on Instagram makes many of us wonder if we are all indeed residing on the same planet. While some parts of the world announce second and third rounds of lockdowns to curb the spread of the disease, influential celebrities people aspire to be like, are travelling in their private jets, lounging at empty beaches, and posting it all on social media for us common folk to see. It truly has potential to be an interesting sociological case study.
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It all started with Kim Kardashian, and she was heavily memed for it with posts along the lines of “Eat the rich.”
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People online were accused of “vacation-shaming” Kim Kardashian when she, fresh in the middle of a pandemic, tweeted, “After 2 weeks of multiple health screens and asking everyone to quarantine, I surprised my closest inner circle with a trip to a private island where we could pretend things were normal just for a brief moment in time.” Take a second to laugh, cry, or rip your hair out. To quote Kim’s sister Kourtney Kardashian, “There’s people dying, Kim.”
From Disha Patani and Tara Sutaria, to Sonakshi Sinha and Mouni Roy, many Indian celebrities are also posting beach vacation photos. Must be nice.
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Kim is truly an example for people, because Indian celebrities seem to be jetting off to the Maldives. In what appears to be the biggest transmigration of Bollywood celebrities, Varun Dhawan, Sonakshi Sinha, Rakul Preet Singh, Neha Dhupia, Tara Sutaria, Disha Patani, Mouni Roy, Taapsee Pannu, Tiger Shroff, and about a billion other actors seem to be occupying the islands currently. Some are politely calling their vacation photos “envy-inducing.”
Image credits: Taapsee Pannu via Instagram
Everyone’s allowed to live their life. But what does it say about our idols and icons if they party during a pandemic and rub it in everyone’s faces?
Journalist Barkha Dutt was the first one to point out the fact that posting about enjoying a luxurious vacation can be perceived as a tad insensitive. She tweeted: “With apology to #Maldives but I just cant bear to see one more sun-kissed, rippled water image from there while our COVID numbers surge & jobs plummet. Its sort of the November version of Banana Bread & Celebrities would be be well advised on the tone-deafness of it(sic)”