Bangladeshi-Swedish writer and activist Taslima Nasreen has once again courted controversy, with her remarks on English cricketer Moeen Ali sparking outrage online. In a a now deleted tweet, the author contended that if not for his cricket career, the well known sportsman would have taken to terror activities. And despite her attempts to clarify her stance, netizens do not seem willing to accept Nasrin's version of sarcasm.
"If Moeen Ali were not stuck with cricket, he would have gone to Syria to join ISIS," Nasrin had tweeted, triggering an avalanche of criticism and even an op-ed article written by the cricketer's father.
"Shame on you Taslima Nasreen. You will be remembered as a garden variety bigot not a writer, certainly not a rationalist or feminist," remarked politician and writer Kavita Krishnan.
"Are you okay ? I don’t think you’re okay," responded fellow cricketer Jofra Archer. Many others from the cricket fraternity have also rallied behind Ali, with some calling for her Twitter account to be mass reported.
And while Nasreen did take on a few of the critics headfirst, responding to their comments via Twitter, later posts attempted to clarify.
"Haters know very well that my Moeen Ali tweet was sarcastic. But they made that an issue to humiliate me because I try to secularize Muslim society and I oppose Islamic fanaticism. One of the greatest tragedies of humankind is pro-women leftists support anti-women Islamists," she tweeted on Tuesday evening amid a slew of outraged remarks.
But this remarked was received just as poorly as her now deleted tweet. "Sarcastic? No one is laughing, not even yourself, the least you can do is delete the tweet," Archer remarked.
"So now you claim the tweet was sarcastic, while at the same time claiming it is anti 'Islamist'!" added Krishnan.