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Today In Facepalm: Our Nation's Biggest Issue, Snapchat, Has Reached "The New York Times"

And fear of Indian internet outrage has already made them issue a clarification.

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As you might have noticed, since everything else is great and there are no other problems in India, our country's biggest news story these days involves face-swapping on fucking Snapchat.

Tanmay Bhat

What should have died as a Twitter hashtag has, instead, spawned primetime television debates.

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In fact, the issue has snowballed so much that The New York Times, a 117-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, has now felt it necessary to report on the matter.

Reminder: This is a matter involving Snapchat.
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Reminder: This is a matter involving Snapchat.

But wait, the ridiculousness doesn't stop there. In the report, they described Lata Mangeshkar as "a so-called playback singer" which, to some, might seem like a backhanded insult.

It wasn't meant to be a comment on Mangeshkar's voice, though. Playback singing is a foreign concept in the United States, and the "so-called" was meant for the profession.
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It wasn't meant to be a comment on Mangeshkar's voice, though. Playback singing is a foreign concept in the United States, and the "so-called" was meant for the profession.

The problematic phrasing was pointed out by a few Indians on Twitter.

So sweet of the @nytimes to try to reroute rage from Tanmay Bhat to New York. https://t.co/MpCxspabHN

A lot of users could guess where things were heading.

And thus, fear of outrage that hadn't even happened yet made NYT South Asia bureau chief Ellen Barry issue a clarification on the matter.

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

What a time to be alive.

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