The revered New York Times just shot itself in the foot by calling India's melody queen Bharat Ratna Lata Mangeshkar a "...so-called playback singer..."
The double byline story has an Indian researcher presumably based in India and aware of Indians. No, it's not a bit like saying this or that. It's just plain arrogance and stupidity or both.
The report is about the Tanmay Bhat controversy and it refers to Sachin Tendulkar as a hugely popular cricketer.
Newsrooms do slip up, but this one is a dud. If the reporter didn't run a fact-check, the desk could also have asked what the fuss was all about if Ms. Mangeshkar was just a so-called singer. The newspaper owes the lady an apology.
Hereâ€™s how Twitter reacted to the faux pas
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
So-called singer? Err....Lata Mangeshkar??????? Who does the fact checking for these articles? https://t.co/VhAAa2rjgv— Roopa Banerjee (@roopabanerjee) 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
How u can call an Asian Legendary singer Lata Ji a 'so called singer' is disgusting!— Yâ•ď¸Ź Se ŘłŮ„Ř·Ř§Ů† (@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