Incredible as it might sound, even Amitabh Bachchan, revered by millions, has haters - and his chosen weapon is to counter hate with hate. In an extraordinary blog post written from Nanavati Hospital - Big B is being treated for COVID-19 - the 77-year-old star revealed that he receives messages from trolls saying he should die of the virus. Big B's response to these unnamed haters is vitriolic, quite out of character for someone whose public interactions are generally noted for dignity. "Hey Mr Anonymous, you do not even write your father's name because you do not know who fathered you," Amitabh Bachchan wrote in his blog addressed to his trolls.
If that isn't eye-popping enough, Big B issued a threat to unleash his "90+ million followers" globally - his 'EF' or extended family, as he calls his fans, would become an "extermination family," Amitabh Bachchan wrote, ending his post with a death threat written in Hindi. Read his blog entry.
The bloodthirsty words are even more astonishing when you consider that Amitabh Bachchan has mostly spent his hospital time writing graceful posts thanking fans and medical staff. As other celebrities who have been skewered by the pointy end of social media - some, like Sonakshi Sinha, have actually quit Twitter - the best way to deal with trolls is to ignore them.