Serbian tennis player Dejana Radanovic has faced severe backlash on social media for her remarks against India. She had posted a series of stories on Instagram, where she complained about the food, traffic, and hygiene in India during her participation in ITF tournaments. She also claimed that she found worms in her food and dirty linen in her hotel room. Many netizens accused her of being racist, insensitive, and ignorant, and demanded an apology from her.
Radanovic’s Instagram Stories Spark Outrage
Radanovic, who is ranked 236 in the world, had come to India to play in the ITF tournaments in Lucknow and Indore. She had posted several stories on her Instagram account, where she expressed her displeasure and disgust with the conditions in India. She had written captions such as “Welcome to India”, “The most disgusting country ever”, and “I can’t wait to leave this shithole”.
She had also shared pictures of her food, which she claimed had worms in it, and her hotel room, which she said had dirty linen and cockroaches. She had also posted videos of the traffic and pollution in India, and mocked the people and the culture. She had used hashtags such as #neveragain and #nightmare.
Her stories soon went viral on social media, and many people reacted with anger and criticism. They called her out for being racist, insensitive, and ignorant, and for disrespecting the host country. They also pointed out that she had enjoyed the hospitality and the prize money in India, and that she should be grateful and humble. Some of them also asked the ITF and the WTA to take action against her for her offensive comments.
Radanovic Clarifies Her Comments, Denies Being Racist
After facing the backlash, Radanovic deleted her stories and posted a clarification on her Instagram account. She said that her comments were not about the people of India, but about the country itself. She said that she had nothing against the Indian people, and that she had met some nice and friendly people in India. She also said that she was not racist, and that she had friends from different countries and cultures.
She explained that she was frustrated and disappointed with the food, traffic, and hygiene in India, and that she had expected better conditions. She said that she had faced health issues and stomach problems due to the food, and that she had struggled to cope with the environment. She said that she was sorry if she had hurt anyone’s feelings, and that she did not mean to offend anyone.
She also said that she respected every country and culture, and that she was open to learning new things. She said that she hoped that people would understand her perspective, and that she would try to be more careful with her words in the future.
Radanovic’s Apology Not Accepted by Many
Radanovic’s clarification did not seem to pacify many people, who still felt that she was being insincere and arrogant. They said that her apology was not genuine, and that she was only trying to save her face. They said that her comments were unacceptable and inexcusable, and that she had shown her true colors. They also said that she had no right to judge a country based on her limited experience, and that she should learn to appreciate the diversity and beauty of India.
Some of them also said that they would boycott her matches, and that they would not support her in her career. They said that she had lost the respect and the love of the Indian fans, and that she had tarnished her image and reputation. They also said that she should not come back to India, and that she was not welcome here.