On Wednesday morning, Twitterati were taken by surprise when they woke up to the leading US daily The New York Times calling legendary Bollywood singer Lata Mangeshkar a 'so-called' playback singer in their report on the controversy surrounding Tanmay Bhat's video.
Don't believe us? Here's the screenshot of the copy.
While some called it 'ignorance', some trolled the paper by suggesting it needs better copy-editors.
Here are some reactions on Twitter:
How u can call an Asian Legendary singer Lata Ji a 'so called singer' is disgusting!— YâÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂï¸ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ Se Ø³ÙÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂØ·Ø§ÙÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ (@SalluLicious) June 1, 2016
PS:Hire journalists with class! https://t.co/T4J6iruEAO
A so called newspaper calls Lata Mangeshkar a 'so called singer' and reveals its ignorance.. Seriously ignorant— Sunanda Vashisht (@sunandavashisht) May 31, 2016
The bad thing about being busy in work is that you miss out on world-class comedy like @nytimes calling Lata Mangeshkar "so called singer" !— Akhilesh Mishra (@amishra77) May 31, 2016
Ok so now NY times calls Lata mangeshkar a "so called playback singer." Outrage & arrests anyone? pic.twitter.com/o3feHN3CRP— Stuti Mishra (@ssttuuttii) May 31, 2016
Lata Mangeshkar is so-called singer & Fatso is Jon Stewart level stand-up?— iMac_too (@iMac_too) May 31, 2016
Can we PLEASE know who is the author of this report who called Lata Mangeshkar a "so-called playback singer" https://t.co/85kUieBP08— IndiaSpeaks (@IndiaSpeaksPR) May 31, 2016
Lol! Article in NY Times - Mr. Tanmay Bhat is facing flak for mocking, A SO CALLED PLAYBACK SINGER, Lata Mangeshkar ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ³ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ— Insanely Sane (@Sanity_3) May 31, 2016
This is what Indian Journos at NYT wrote about Lata Ji - so called playback singer, whose career dates to 1940s ðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂðÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ¼ pic.twitter.com/itvJcYwuoB— Insanely Sane (@Sanity_3) May 31, 2016
Dear @nytimes , if Sachin is a cricket 'star', Lata is 'super star singer', not just 'a Bollywood singer.' Why so much hate against Lata?— SonaChele (@SonaChele1) May 31, 2016
What's more outrageous is Indian journalists in the New York Times labelling Lata Mangeshkar as "SO CALLED SINGER" https://t.co/aUgrtRqpfT— Venkat Parthasarathy (@Venkrek) June 1, 2016
@nytimes just to tell you that so called singer Lata Ji is atleast 10,000x better than 99% vocalists of the world— Aakarshya Verma (@WorldUnderGAGA) May 31, 2016
After noticing the outrage on social media, Ellen Barry, South Asia bureau chief for The New York Times, tweeted:
A note on "so-called": Used here for non-Indian readers unfamiliar w term "playback singer." In no way a commentary. https://t.co/hEYttcd3za— Ellen Barry (@EllenBarryNYT) May 31, 2016
What are your thoughts? Let us know!
In case you haven't seen the video yet, watch it here and decide for yourself if it's offending or not!