By Arré Bench Apr. 27, 2020
Amitabh Bachchan’s Twitter timeline used to be full of requests to other stars to answer their phones. Now it is full of coronavirus-related misinformation. The latest in his series of “breaking news” updates involved a “joke” about bats.
Over the last few weeks, superstar Amitabh Bachchan’s tweets speculating on the various origins and cures for the coronavirus have served as an example of what happens when you receive too many dubious WhatsApp forwards.
The latest in a spree of “breaking news” updates from Bachchan senior, involved bats, and much like a few of his previous tweets have made eyes roll into the back of heads.
T 3510 – Ladies and gentlemen of the Jury .. news of the hour .. BREAKING NEWS .. would you believe it ..
A Bat , a चमगादर has come into my room .. in Jalsa .. on the 3rd floor .. in my Den .. 😯😯
badi mushkil se use bahar nikala ..
Corona peecha chodh hi nahin raha !!!
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) April 25, 2020
While the actor was clearly joking in the first half of his tweet, his implication that the coronavirus was following him around, attracted the ire of a few, who believed it was an irresponsible message to send to his millions of followers.
Not in good taste sir. You have millions of followers. Still we don’t have exact process of human virus spillover. Demonising bat is last thing we want. Things we know for sure; They are pollinators. They help in pest control. Please revisit it.
— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) April 25, 2020
While, admittedly, the tweet wasn’t the worst bit of misinformation to grace timelines, especially considering that leaders of the free world are advocating “drinking bleach”, the fact is that this is only the latest of Bachchan senior’s false claims on the origin of the virus.
Previously, clarifications had to be issued by the health ministry after the actor implied that coronavirus could spread through flies. In a video uploaded for his 40 million Instagram followers, the actor made an appeal to stop open defecation, by citing a debunked claim that the virus spreads through flies who sit on excreta.