New Delhi: A Twitter hashtag #ThooSmitaPrakashThoo began trending on the social media platform Thursday after news agency ANI was called out by the Noida police for a misquote.
The ‘thoo-thoo’ in the hashtag is a reference to ANI’s Editor-in-Chief Smita Prakash, who has posted several tweets with the phrase in the past.
ANI Uttar Pradesh Tuesday quoted Noida Deputy Commissioner of Police Sankalp Sharma in a tweet saying those in Noida’s Sector 5, Harola, who came in contact with Tablighi Jamaat members had been quarantined.
The official Twitter handle of Noida DCP later posted that the news agency had misquoted Sharma, who had made no reference to the Tablighi Jamaat. Following this, ANI deleted the tweet.
Many on Twitter picked up on this and started tweeting about it. Digital media professional Tarique Anwar also tweeted about it, saying ‘thoo Smita Prakash’, resulting in the hashtag.
— Tarique Anwer (@tanwer_m) April 7, 2020
Prakash responded to the tweet, saying this blue-tick “janaab” (mister) is a “buzdil” (coward).
Aur yeh blue tick janaab thook ke chaatne vaalon mey se hai, Thoo ko delete kar raha hai. Buzdil thooker. pic.twitter.com/dZ2s2yc9M1
— Smita Prakash (@smitaprakash) April 8, 2020
As the hashtag #ThooSmitaPrakashThoo gained traction, several users pointed out how Prakash had often used the word in her tweets. Some Twitter users later said they had been blocked by her.
— Mohammed Zubair (@zoo_bear) April 8, 2020
Later Thursday evening, Prakash posted a tweet in response to an unrelated tweet, once again using the word.
A look at her Twitter history throws up several tweets in which she uses the spitting term used in Hindi.
Watch out, a certain glabrous ‘fact checker’ and his sidekick, also called lice-bear will start virtual thooing you.
— Smita Prakash (@smitaprakash) April 9, 2020
And why leave out the BJP? Mandir, 370, Triple T, CAA, surgical strike…all done. Now time to thoo the anger, thanda ho jao. Peppermint Mocha Frappuccino or just become a Gadbad Sundae. https://t.co/4l9S9rbTcI
— Smita Prakash (@smitaprakash) January 7, 2020
Oh my god! The genius of Federer ! Thoo thoo nazar!
— Smita Prakash (@smitaprakash) July 14, 2019
After Burhan’s death, Hizbul Mujahideen appoints new commander – Mehmood Ghaznavi. Yeah! We get it. The name. Thoo!
— Smita Prakash (@smitaprakash) July 13, 2016
— Smita Prakash (@smitaprakash) June 25, 2013
exactly! englodu Rajani Saar, come on @surekhapillai goad pritish n vir 4 RTI about Ind Exp list. Is this a list? thoo thoo
— Smita Prakash (@smitaprakash) January 31, 2010
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