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Tennis Star Slammed For “Worms In Food, Yellow Pillows” Remark On India

Serbian tennis player Dejana Radanovic, who recently visited India for three International Tennis Federation tournaments, is facing severe backlash for her comments about the country. In a series of social media posts, Radanovic criticized the “food, traffic, and hygiene” of India, sparking outrage among Indian citizens.

One of her posts read, “Adios India. See you never ever ever ever EVER again,” accompanied by an image of the airport. After reaching Munich, Radanovic shared another post stating, “Hello civilization. Only those who have experienced something like India for 3 weeks can understand the feeling.”

Radanovic further commented on the traffic in India, saying, “But I gotta admit that they are amazing drivers and traffic was interesting sometimes. You may never know how your day will look like, what is going to happen and everyone is honking all the time, like in traffic rush game.”

These comments drew widespread criticism from Indian citizens who found them offensive and racist. Many people took to social media to express their disappointment and anger towards Radanovic’s remarks. The tennis star’s comments were seen as disrespectful and derogatory towards the Indian culture and people.

Amidst the mounting backlash, Radanovic took to Instagram Stories to explain her stance. She maintained that her comments were not about the people of India but about the country itself, and therefore, cannot be called racist. She wrote, “Omg can’t believe what things we need to talk about really. I didn’t like India – the country. I didn’t like the food, traffic, hygiene (worms in the food, yellow pillows and dirty bed linen in the hotel, not knowing how to use a roundabout, etc.)”

Radanovic further defended herself by stating that if someone doesn’t like similar things in her country, Serbia, it doesn’t make them racist. She emphasized that she has friends of all nationalities and colors, and her comments should not be misconstrued as racist.

However, her explanation did little to appease the anger of Indian citizens who felt insulted by her remarks. They argued that her comments were not only disrespectful but also perpetuated stereotypes about India. Many people called for an apology from Radanovic and demanded that she be held accountable for her offensive statements.

Dejana Radanovic, 27, participated in three W50 events in Pune, Bengaluru, and Indore during her Indian tour. The controversy surrounding her comments has overshadowed her performance in the tournaments and has brought negative attention to her career.

It is important to note that cultural sensitivity and respect are crucial when visiting and commenting on foreign countries. While individuals are entitled to their opinions, it is essential to express them in a respectful and constructive manner. Radanovic’s comments serve as a reminder of the importance of cultural understanding and the need to avoid perpetuating stereotypes.

As the backlash against Radanovic continues, it remains to be seen how she will address the situation and whether she will offer an apology to the people of India. The incident serves as a lesson for public figures to be mindful of their words and actions, as they have the power to influence and impact a wide audience.

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