The less-than-30-second video was short and simple. It had the phrase ‘We are with you’ flashed onto the screen in English, followed by a repeat of the same in Assamese. Below the video was the message “Stay strong, Assam”.
While the northeastern state boasts of a crazy following for football, both local and international, even the most die-hard Arsenal fan in the region had not expected the English giants to send such words of solidarity for a state in the other corner of the world.
But the post did open the floodgates of criticism as people all over not only appreciated the message sent by the Gunners but also pointed out the failure of the mainstream Indian celebrities in not coming forward and showing their support of the flood-ravaged people of the state.
One of the prominent to bring the matter up was actor Adil Hussain, who hails from Goalpara in the northeastern state.
“Arsenal FC #ArsenalFC @Arsenal stands with Assamese People. I don’t understand why, then, our Celebrities, Mainstream Media, Cricket Stars are not raising their voices in support of Assamese people! So disappointed with you all,” the actor tweeted on Friday.
Arsenal FC #ArsenalFC @Arsenal stands with Assamese People. I don’t understand why, then, our Celebrities, Mainstre… https://t.co/b9zVHY8uWu
— Adil hussain (@_AdilHussain) 1594979483000