Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Derek O' Brien (L) and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor post pictures with Snapchat's dog-face filter. Photograph: (ANI)
A day after the Mumbai Police filed a First Information Report (FIR) against comedy collective All India Bakchod (AIB) co-founder Tanmay Bhat for posting a meme showing Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi using the Snapchat dog-face-filter, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor and Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Derek O' Brien posted pictures using the same filter.
Tharoor was apparently prodded by the Twitterati to defend the AIB's freedom of expression, after which the Thiruvananthapuram MP took the controversy to another level.
The Congress leader took to his Twitter to post a picture of his 'dog-filter'ed face with the caption: "Attn all trolls: I took the #DogFilter challenge! @AllIndiaBakchod."
What a good idea . Giving it a thought. Should I ? Should I not ! Hmmm On it— Derek O'Brien (@quizderek) July 15, 2017
The Mumbai Police Cyber Cell on Friday filed an FIR against Bhat for "making fun of" nation's Prime Minister Modi. Tanmay's tweet had a 'dog-filter'ed photo of the Prime Minister with the caption #Wanderlust, adding "Dog filter is lyf." [sic]
The plethora of fans of the Prime Minister took offence, and in return, the AIB faced their wrath.
One of the Twitterati, Reetesh Maheshwari, tagged the Mumbai Police and said that strict action should be taken against the organisation for such a "disrespectful" joke against the Prime Minister.