Words uttered from one’s mouth are like arrows shot from a bow; there’s no taking them back once they’re out. If that’s the case, then Goa CM Manohar Parrikar’s words, quite specifically the ones that stated he’s worried about girls who’ve started drinking beer these days, are arrows that have hit a beehive. And you know what happens when you disturb a beehive right? You’ve gotta be ready for the sting! And since we’re all about Digital India, this particular sting’s got its very own hashtag too: #GirlsWhoDrinkBeer
It all started when a journalist, aiming to start a movement akin to #MeToo, tweeted a ‘nice’ little letter to Mr. Parrikar.
To Sir, With Love.
Cheers from Goa, Mr Parrikar! #GirlsWhoDrinkBeer
C’mon good ladies, let’s make this weekend worth it. Use the hashtag and share your beer 🍻 pics on my timeline.
The one with the best pic, your beer is on me. pic.twitter.com/6AX3jejIIV
— Nishtha Gautam (@TedhiLakeer) February 10, 2018
Women and girls, celebrities and regular folk, boys and even men alike contributed to this hashtag in a show of solidarity!
Now tell me, how could Twitter resist this promising invite ha? Project #GirlsWhoDrinkBeer was full steam ahead!
1. Oh yes, break it to him gently, please!
Should we tell him about the whiskey gently…? https://t.co/jWWwsyokr6
— BeingNita (@VinithaShetty) February 10, 2018
2. Many women shared pictures of themselves enjoying a cold one, or some other alcoholic drink, with their own ‘sweet’ message for the worried Goa CM.
Cheers to the spiritually guided!
— Neeti Palta (@neetipalta) February 10, 2018
Excellent advice, if I may say so!
— Seema Goswami (@seemagoswami) February 10, 2018
All those uncles!
At an Indian Wedding Party
Uncle (host) to the girlfriends of his daughter (whose wedding it is) – "Beta, kya lengi aaplog?" (Pointing to the bar)
— Shuchi Prasad (@prasad_shuchi) February 10, 2018
2. Amongst them was a poet, and here’s how I know it!
I’ve begun to fear
Now that girls are drinking beer
It will get much more risky
When they move on to whisky
Things were just fine
While it was still wine
And cost but a penny
To have some cashew feni https://t.co/JdZbLgypLC
— Irshad Daftari (@daftari) February 10, 2018
Scared Manohar Parrikar will have nightmare for months if he gets to know that women watch porn, smoke cigarettes, give gaalis, understand and share all double-meaning jokes.#GirlsWhoDrinkBeer 🍺🍺🍺
— Saniya Sayed (@Ssaniya25) February 10, 2018
4. Some women even shared pictures of them drinking beer with their dads!
Hey Mr. Parrikar, dad’s not looking ‘worried’ now, is he?
— Veena Venugopal (@veenavenugopal) February 10, 2018
— NRK (@PWNeha) February 10, 2018
And then, there was this father…!
— K Venugopal Menon (@VenuSpeak) February 10, 2018
5. A couple of ladies managed a nice dig at not just Parrikar’s remark but also the whole Renuka Chowdhury—PM Modi Ramayana war!
— Lola Kuttiamma (@Priya_Menon) February 10, 2018
6. Age no bar for a drink at the bar!
— Vivek Agnihotri (@vivekagnihotri) February 10, 2018
7. The best thing was when teetotalers joined in and supported the cause!
— Shvetlana (@shvetlana312) February 10, 2018
Just chill no? With a beer, perhaps!
I don’t drink, but totally in support of #GirlsWhoDrinkBeer. Seriously, dear people, stop imposing your views, rather, try to broaden them a little. If I don’t drink, it is my choice, and those who do, it is theirs. Make peace with it. Go get em girls! 🍻 pic.twitter.com/kgvPRi6kg7
— Vernika Awal (@VernikaAwal) February 10, 2018
8. Apparently, while women were saying #MeToo to drinking beer, #NotAllMen were as worried as CM Manhoar Parrikar. In fact, they were in full support!
#GirlsWhoDrinkBeer don’t drink their other half’s blood
— ✪ Veer ✪ (@ClawedHumor) February 10, 2018
Whiskey lovers, assemble!
Even I don't like. #GirlsWhoDrinkBeer . Thats why i made sure every girl I dated had whiskey as preferred drink.
— मिर्चा ग़ालिब (@mirchagalib) February 10, 2018
Touché, Vishal Dadlani! Hitting the right notes!
Hey @manoharparrikar. I know women who drink beer, wine, vodka & whiskey & some smoke pot too. They're all smart, self-sufficient, strong women who don't need your approval. That said, even when totally wasted, they make more sense than you do. #GirlsWhoDrinkBeer #GuysWhoTalkShit
— VISHAL DADLANI (@VishalDadlani) February 10, 2018
9. Just author Devdutt Pattanaik, giving a cool history lesson to everyone with issues!
Woman drunk on beer (?) . Circa 2nd century AD , Mathura art, from national museum , New Delhi. pic.twitter.com/HXiHBVhO5c
— Devdutt Pattanaik (@devduttmyth) February 10, 2018
#GirlsWhoDrinkBeer: Still awesome then, still awesome now!
— Shalini Nair (@ShaliniNair68) February 10, 2018
10. And finally, the most epic argument in support of #GirlsWhoDrinkBeer was this:
— Engineerd (@thebtechguy) February 10, 2018
I suppose this then must be true!
When you see girls drinking beer pic.twitter.com/ciObh01Nh7
— Soham (@CurryMerchant) February 10, 2018
As a girl who drinks beer herself, and wine, and a lot of other spirits, I would like to ask this:
#GirlsWhoDrinkBeer might be a little tipsy and say something nonsensical. What’s our politicians’ excuse?