Social Media Incensed: Fox News Anchor Tucker Carlson Belittles India, Remains Unapologetic
India-West News Desk
NEW YORK, NY – Inflammatory Fox News anchor and Donald Trump apologist Tucker Carlson was at it again and has drawn the wrath of Indian Americans, social media users, and some high-profile people, both Indian and non-Indian.
Carlson on his show claimed that India had no architectural marvels before the onset of the British colonial era. His comments have been condemned as “racist” and “supremely uninformed” by several people, including tennis star Martina Navratilova. She slammed him on Twitter, “Hey @TuckerCarlson – your utter ignorance of history is quite staggering. I suggest you read the book “Inglorious Empire” by Shashi Tharoor and then try again. Your racism is off the charts and your stupidity on this issue is of Olympic proportions!!!”
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor was incensed. He wrote on Twitter, “I think Twitter ought to have an option for something to press when you can’t respond without losing your cool. For now, I will content myself with…” adding two angry face emojis in response.
The Fox anchor on September 8, had gone on a long rant claiming that the British empire was “more than just genocide. Strong countries dominate weak countries. This trend hasn’t changed. At least the English took their colonial responsibility seriously. They didn’t just take things, they added. We (the United States) left Afghanistan, we left airstrips, weapons, and guns. When the British pulled out of India, they left behind an entire civilization, a language, a legal system, schools, churches, and public buildings, all of which are still in use today,” he said.
He then referred to Mumbai’s Victoria Terminus station which was since been renamed Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and said, “And after 75 years of independence, has that country produced a single building as beautiful as the Bombay train station that the British colonials built?”
He has not apologized.