Tharoor clarifies he has no connection after learning app claims ‘speak English as fluently’ as the Kerala MP

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By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
March 24, 2021 2:01:15 pm

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has threatened to take legal action against an app for using his name and picture in its promotion. The Thiruvananthapuram MP, in a tweet, said that he does not endorse any such learning applications and added that he will take legal action against them for using his picture and misleading students.

“Speak English as fluently as Shashi Tharoor,” reads the ad adorned with Tharoor’s photo targeting young students for the brand’s spoken English programme. “This has been drawn to my attention by many unwitting students who were misled by this app. I wish to make it clear that I have NO connection to this app &have NOT endorsed it in any way,” he wrote sharing the ad for Blackboard Radio (BBR).

“I will take legal action to stop the misuse of my name & image for commercial purposes,” he added.

This has been drawn to my attention by many unwitting students who were misled by this app. I wish to make it clear that I have NO connection to this app &have NOT endorsed it in any way. I will take legal action to stop the misuse of my name & image for commercial purposes. pic.twitter.com/C2dZhP47dd

— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) March 22, 2021

On Twitter, the tweet garnered the attention of his followers and many said the app did not say he had endorsed it but simply used his name to inspire students to speak like him. While others highlighted that images of politicians holding offices can not be used for commercial purposes.

Some even suggested he should launch courses to guide students himself, while others reacted to the tweet in Tharror’s style using some big words.

This is one of the best compliments you will get it Sir. But to your picture and name will bring them more many than they imagined. Catch is here. It’s almost pseduo endorsement even without your agreement.

— Arun Bharti (@iArunBharti) March 24, 2021

Using one’s photo/name amounts to infringement be it a celebrity, VIP or Commoner. It is also equally misleading that following for 30 minutes will make one as fluent. Speaking skill can be developed by recording, re-listening & improving.

— Narayan Balaji (@chaluchacha) March 23, 2021

There is no mention that the advertisement is endorsed by you. Given as an example. Not to malign you.

— Agasthyakoodan (@hillvalley12) March 23, 2021

The name @ShashiTharoor has become synonymous with English vocabulary and speaking skills. Such is your impact sir.

— Sanjay Pandita (A Refugee in My Own Country) (@Sanjay_Pandita) March 23, 2021

To my mind they are praising your exemplary speaking skills and trying to encourage young people to become accomplished speakers of the English language like you..you have mastered the language and you are undoubtedly a role model for all of us.

— MRITYUNJAY KUMAR MISHRAJEE (@KumarMishrajee) March 23, 2021

I thought he would say “this is swindling trickery. This chicanery is detrimental for our unimpeachous students who intend to attain knowledge but this farrago of facts tantamount to subterfuge will annihilate their dreams.” Lol https://t.co/6ezEYk2xRS

— Maha. (@Yousafzais_) March 23, 2021

I understood this tweet without using a dictionary. https://t.co/ZXve22Ofq8

— O_O (@Dhinchak_Chooja) March 23, 2021

Yes sir take actions but please also Start such your own app/learning media to help others improve their English. https://t.co/g5hH5towop

— Khelan Thakrar (@Thakrarkhelan) March 23, 2021

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