A #BycottQatarAirways Trend, Then A Viral Spoof Video Of Airline CEO

A #BycottQatarAirways trend, then a viral spoof video of the airline's CEO

As the government tried to avert the diplomatic crisis, #BycottQatarAirways’ trending started

India was condemned by as many as 15 countries for comments about the Prophet Muhammad by two BJP leaders – Nupur Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jindal. Qatar was among those to demand an apology, telling Indian envoy Deepak Mittal that such comments could lead to “bias and marginalization, which will trigger a cycle of violence and hatred”.

As the government tried to defuse the diplomatic crisis, “#BycottQatarAirways” started trending on Twitter on Monday after many people started expressing their views under the hashtag.

A few Twitter users claimed that Qatar was targeting Indians, so people should come together to boycott Qatar Airways.

There were a few who also saw the funny side of the tweets.

A spoof video has surfaced showing a hoax response by the Qatar Airways CEO to the boycott call.

“People who have never bought a plane ticket in their lives are writing on Twitter #BycottQatarAirways,” was another response to the boycott call.

Nupur Sharma had made the comments about the Prophet Muhammad during a TV debate last week, while Naveen Jindal posted a tweet about the Prophet, which he later deleted.

The BJP has suspended Nupur Sharma while Naveen Jindal has been expelled from the party. The party said it was “strongly against any ideology that insults or humiliates any cult or religion” and “does not promote people or philosophy”.

Faced with backlash from many countries, the government said it respects all religions. In a statement, the State Department said the comments “in no way reflected the government’s views. These are the views of fringe elements.”

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