As Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau returns from his week-long trip to India, we at Paste would like to remember the trip by highlighting some of the best tweets that addressed the Prime Minister’s over-the-top attempt to be likable in India.
Trudeau’s first official visit to one of the most important regions in Asia can be described as a seven-day smorgasbord of controversy and bad publicity. Kicking off his trip, the Canadian demi-god had been “snubbed” by the Indian government, who were either unwilling or uninterested in meeting with the Prime Minister until days into his stay in their country. Then the situation became even more dodgy when outrage sparked after it was revealed that a Sikh extremist convicted for attempting to murder an Indian politician had been invited to dine with Trudeau at the Canadian High Commissioner’s residence in New Delhi. To top it all off, Trudeau and his family took massive backlash on Twitter for their outlandish wardrobe choice and whimsically-poised family portraits (complete with praying hands and all) which at times bordered on the verge of cultural appropriation, (ironic isn’t it?).
Needless to say, the Trudeau’s first trip to India could’ve gone a little better, but the sadistic side of us is kind-of glad it didn’t. Below are some of the best tweets about Trudeau trying way too hard to be likable in India.
Is it just me or is this choreographed cuteness all just a bit much now? Also FYI we Indians don’t dress like this every day sir, not even in Bollywood. pic.twitter.com/xqAqfPnRoZ— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) February 21, 2018
The only winners of Justin Trudeau’s trip are India’s roadside clothing vendors, apparently. In fairness to Trudeau, he did promise Canadian investment in India.— Andrew Lawton (@AndrewLawton) February 22, 2018
Even if Trudeau was an Indian groom at his wedding reception he’d look ridiculously overdressed. https://t.co/1tQWMOEEKt— Shivam Vij (@DilliDurAst) February 21, 2018
Meet the newly wed indian couple.#JustinTrudeau wearing indian groom costume and #KristyDuncan wearing typical indian bridal maroon dress standing outside Hindu Temple and Trudeau wearing wedding necklace (Indian wedding custom)Perfect. #TrudeauInIndiapic.twitter.com/7P8hvEVL5j— Navdeep Singh (@NavdeepDhingra) February 19, 2018
somehow there’s always at least one foreigner at Indian weddings taking pictures with all the guests pic.twitter.com/RHN3OI1N2x— José Covaco (@HoeZaay) February 21, 2018
Justin Trudeau’s trip to India has been like that Diwali episode of The Office.— FlyingSam (@Naa_Cheese) February 22, 2018
white people after one (1) yoga class pic.twitter.com/eGFf9RaOTe— Neha Yadav (@nay_yeah) February 21, 2018
Of course, twitter had a field day taking political jabs after Trudeau invited a convicted Sikh extremist to dinner:
Pic 1 : Justin Trudeau & team in front of media. Pic 2 : Justin Trudeau & team’s actual position in India. pic.twitter.com/DsDYtFo2Is— ???????? (@FeIine_) February 22, 2018
Jaspal Atwal was found guilty of attempted murder in 1986 after shooting a Punjab state minister who was visiting Vancouver Island. Atwal lives in Canada, but travelled to India and attended a government function last night. Here he is with Sophie Trudeau. pic.twitter.com/4vyJcTlJr1— Candice Malcolm (@CandiceMalcolm) February 22, 2018
And here’s Trudeau busting out some Bollywood inspired dance moves:
OMFG… I am ashamed to say this man is our PM. pic.twitter.com/iDcO4Z7ymM— RotorHead (@RotorHead124) February 22, 2018
My friggin’ gawd. We may need an extraction team. https://t.co/Q9zWQk8qk7— Rick Gibbons (@rick_gibbons) February 22, 2018
Can someone tell him Indians don’t live like they are in a Bollywood set 24×7 @vidurkhanna— Atirav Kapur (@atirav) February 22, 2018
A few more, just for good measure.
Okay…jokes over…lets’ get him home. Letting him wonder off disguised as an India man back-fired.— Yvette Trudeau (@mellowwillow195) February 22, 2018
Justin Trudeau is more Indian than Akshay Kumar.— The Viral Fever (@TheViralFever) February 23, 2018
Justin Trudeau is trying so hard to be Indian that the next thing he will have is a plastic bag filled with plastic bags in his kitchen @suhelseth@republic@ndtv@aajtak@jatinsapru@virendersehwag@cricketaakash— Prithwijit Ghosh (@prithwijitg) February 22, 2018
While Trudeau tries his best to be a ally for social justice, his exaggerated antics made him the target of some light-hearted social media jabs. In the end Trudeau did finally meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Following bilateral talks, the two leaders appeared in a press conference before hugging it out outside the Indian presidential palace on Friday afternoon. Like the saying goes “all’s well that ends well,” I guess. #Modihug.