Esha Gupta apologised to fans of English Premier League club Arsenal after she laughed off a racist comment about footballer Alex Iwobi. They, however, were not convinced with the ‘apology’ and demanded she be removed as the club’s ambassador and ‘banned for life.’
While speaking to a leading media publication, Esha claimed that she was 'wrongfully accused', as, during the WhatsApp chat, all of them were speaking about the twenty different things and that people did not even know what they are laughing about.
During the media interaction, Esha also spoke about how she wasn't aware of the "racist undertone" in her comments. The Jannat 2 actress told PTI "I clearly mentioned in the chat that 'Oh! he should be benched'... People don't understand words like gorilla and monkey in India. We don't even know that it means anything racist. I know so many parents who call their children 'bandar lag raha hai yaar' (looking like a monkey). It does not mean that they are saying in a racist undertone."
Previously, the actress had shared by calling it ‘best’, a screenshot of a WhatsApp conversation with a person who goes by the handle @varun_gupta17. The person had referred to Alex Iwobi as ‘gorilla faced’ to say he was ‘so bad’ that he couldn’t see him ‘running down the flank.’ Esha had laughed off the comment and added that she wonders why they don’t bench him anymore.
The actress deleted the post on Instagram stories immediately, but fans had taken the screenshot of the screenshot and many took to Twitter to slam the actress.
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