Is selfies with Israel PM costs Big B his followers on Twitter?

MUMBAI: A debate has been sparked on the social media platforms after veteran Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan threatened to quit the micro-blogging website of reducing his number of followers.

The fan following of ‘Big B’ has quickly dropped from 33 million to 32.9 million.

Bachchan, who shares Twitter ranking with superstar Shah Rukh Khan (32.9 million followers), on Wednesday tweeted, ” TWITTER ..!!!?? you reduced my number of followers .. !!??HAHAHAHAHAHAHA .. !! thats a joke .. time to get off from you .. thank you for the ride .. 😠😠😠 .. there are many ‘other’ fish in the sea – and a lot more exciting !!”

Some Twitter users suggested that the drop in following could be the 75-year-old actor’s selfies with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu an event called Shalom Bollywood cost him his followers.

“More than followers, you lost respect. #BDS”, a verified Twitter user reacted to Bachchan’s threat to quit on the popular micro blogging social media platform.

Another Twitter user, ZJ, added, “Absolutely. Selfies with Nethanyahu, the moan-wrath during Padmavati chaos, the silence on every wrongdoings of the Govt cost @SrBachchan his followers”, Zu Jalal who uses twitter handle @zujalal wrote.

Interestingly, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan were among the top Bollywood stars besides Mahesh Bhatt, Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Katrina Kaif, Kangana Ranaut, Deepika Padukone, Saif Ali Khan and others who stayed away from “#ShalomBollywood”.

The Bollywood superstar’s decision to stay away from ‘#ShalomBollywood’ was in line with other international artists including world-famous British musician Roger Waters, writers Arundhati Roy who have supported the cultural boycott of Israel through the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement over its treatment of Palestinians.

A lawsuit filed against the two activists who asked Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Lorde to cancel her scheduled performance in Tel Aviv, The New York Times reports.

The singer has canceled her June concert and replied via Twitter.