Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen found herself at the center of controversy after a now-deleted tweet wherein she had made a remark on Pakistani descent England all-rounder Moeen Ali. The Englishman had recently refused to endorse an alcohol brand on his new Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) jersey. The move came under praise from a plethora of sections of social media.
Taslima however, whether or not her tweet was a response to the aforesaid news, took to Twitter to post a distasteful comment on the cricketer. She wrote, “If Moeen Ali were not stuck with cricket, he would have gone to Syria to join ISIS.” The tweet was soon received with widespread criticism from all sections of social media who called out her islamophobia which has led to her deleting the tweet and offering a clarification.
English cricketers criticize Taslima Nasreen
Soon after her tweet went viral, several English national team cricketers like Jofra Archer, Sam Billings and Ben Duckett criticized Taslima Nasreen’s tweet. Archer wrote, “Are you okay? I don’t think you’re okay.”
Billings wrote, “Please everyone report taslimas account! Disgusting!” as a reply to Saqib Mahmood‘s tweet which read, “Can’t believe this. Disgusting tweet. Disgusting individual.“
Ben Duckett wrote, “This is the problem with this app. People being able to say stuff like this. Disgusting. Things need to change, please report this account!”
Due to the backlash, Taslima offered a clarification wherein she stated that her tweet was sarcastic. She wrote, “Haters know very well that my Moeen Ali tweet was sarcastic. But they made that an issue to humiliate me because I try to secularize Muslim society & I oppose Islamic fanaticism. One of the greatest tragedies of humankind is pro-women leftists support anti-women Islamists.”
The clarification was also met with flak as Jofra Archer wrote, “Sarcastic? No one is laughing, not even yourself, the least you can do is delete the tweet.” As the flak suggests, despite the clarification, there is no hiding for Taslima from the fact that the statement was a clearly distasteful one which has received the backlash it deserves.