Prakash Raj Defends Chandrayaan-3 Post “Joke of Armstrong Times”

Prakash Raj Defends Chandrayaan-3 Post "Joke of Armstrong Times"

Actor Prakash Raj has responded to the criticism of his social media post about India’s Chandrayaan 3 moon project. He posted “Hate sees only hate,” making it clear that he was alluding to an old joke. The actor said that his earlier tweet was a reference to an ancient practical joke from the time of the American Astronaut Neil Armstrong, who became the first person to set foot on the moon in 1969.

“Hate sees only Hate… i was referring to a joke of #Armstrong times.. see?? .. if you don’t get a joke then the joke is on you.. Grow up #justasking(sic),” Mr Raj wrote in the post.

On Sunday Mr. Raj Posted A Cartoon Of A Man Pouring Tea

On Sunday, Mr. Raj posted a cartoon of a man pouring tea. He wrote “Latest news: First view just arrived from the Chandrayaan #VikramLander #justasking”, in Kannada as the cartoon’s description.

Several social media user interpreted the message on X, as a sarcastic and disparaging jab at the Chandrayaan 3 mission.

Users Asked Him to Show Respect For The Scientists

Users who asked him to show respect for the scientists behind India’s historic moon mission criticized the remark as disrespectful and demeaning and begged him to retract it.

“Chandrayaan-3 is something the whole of India must be proud of, irrespective of political ideology. Know the boundary between political vs national trolling,” one person said.

“There is a difference between hating someone and hating your country. So sad to see this state of yours!” another said.

However, some users supported the 58-year-old, claiming it was just a joke made in jest of Keralans.

“Those who know only hate will see only hate. If it makes any difference, Prakash Raj is referencing a joke (that predates anyone you feel he is insulting) about how we find Keralites in every corner of the world and how the first thing Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin saw when they stepped foot on the moon was a Malayali selling tea there. This is a classic joke made by us Keralites about ourselves and we wholeheartedly accept and laugh about it for decades. Now, if you have to insist on sticking to hate even after it has been explained to you, that says a lot about you, doesn’t it?” a person wrote.

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