Bollywood actress and Arsenal supporter Esha Gupta has now penned an apology letter to Nigerian footballer Alexander Iwobi, after facing wrath on social media.
Esha writes: “I am extremely sorry for my ignorant action last Friday. Being an ardent fan of many years, I was deeply engrossed and caught up in the game.”
She said she “clearly did not realise the racial undertone” from her friend’s message, which she had shared on Instagram last week.
Esha wished Iwobi forgives her for her “careless action”.
She even writes a letter to the Arsenal Football Club, wherein she writes:
“I hope the club can accept my humblest apology and give me the opportunity to make amends. I promise to be very responsible from here on.”
On January 28, social media was abuzz over a snapshot of a WhatsApp conversation that Esha shared on her Instagram stories.
The conversation criticised Iwobi for his performance.
In the conversation, Esha’s friend called Iwobi a “gorilla” and said that “evolution stopped for him”. He even said that the footballer did not change from “Neanderthal to man”.
To that, Esha laughed and replied: “Haha… I don’t know why they don’t bench him more.”
She quickly deleted the image from her profile when she realised her mistake, but the screenshot had already gone viral.
This did not go down well with some users, who slammed her for her “ignorance” and called her out for being racist despite having claimed she herself has been a victim in the past.
Further updates to follow.