back to top

BBC Asks If India Should Swap "Snake Charming Culture" For "Modernity"; Twitter Is Livid

"Should the BBC stop stereotyping India?"

Posted on

On April 17, BBC’s travelling unit, BBC Pop-Up, released a short video story on how snake charmers have been banned in India.

The video acknowledges the fact that portraying India as a land of snake charmers is an offensive stereotype.
bbc.com

The video acknowledges the fact that portraying India as a land of snake charmers is an offensive stereotype.

As part of the story, they tweeted a poll asking users if India should "erase its snake charming culture to embrace modernity" followed by the "🐍🏢" emojis.

However, with no context given in the tweet, Indians did not respond well to it.

People started responding to the BBC with stereotype-busting speeches from popular Bollywood films...

And polls of their own...

At the time of publishing, this is how the poll was going.

Even non-Indians were confused about the tweet.

It's safe to say that the BBC dropped the ball on this one.

FX