Twitter couldn't help but laugh on Monday, August 24, when conservative pundit and outspoken Trump supporter Tomi Lahren got tricked into calling the President an idiot in Hindi.
The prank was pulled by Twitter user Ali-Asghar Abedi, who payed Lahren $85 on the celebrity-interaction app Cameo to call Trump "wise like an 'ullu,'" with ullu meaning owl in Hindi.
What Abedi neglected to mention is that while "ullu" literally means owl, it's part of a popular Hindi insult which more accurately translates to "jack*ss."
My fellow Indians, Tomi Lahren thanks you for your support for Trump and his MAGA agenda. If you’re wise, you’ll… https://t.co/MxSaCtKRTb— Ali-Asghar (@Ali-Asghar)1598311896.0
Abedi was thrilled with his expenditure. He told The Independent:
"Lahren thought she was calling Trump wise, but ended up insulting the man whose presidency her entire career is based on."
"Maybe her brain was fried from taking the President's advice about ingesting bleach. Or maybe she was easily duped because she's lacking in intellectual curiosity and only offers arguments that a toddler would call reductive."
"Either way, waging $85 that she wouldn't bother to research the meaning of 'ulloo' felt like a safe bet. Ultimately, Lahren got $85 (minus whatever commission Cameo takes) and India got to laugh as her clip ended up appearing across the country's news networks."
Case in point: talking heads will say anything for money. They’ll take on topics they know nothing about and not… https://t.co/4UQFNZUl2t— Ali-Asghar (@Ali-Asghar)1598318015.0
Tomi Lahren got punked into saying Trump is wise like an owl or “ullu” in hindi but the latter means idiot. 😂 https://t.co/FHtonpYVC8— Nandini Gupta (@Nandini Gupta)1598321701.0
What I started on @BookCameo ameo just ended up on TV in India @ndtv @TomiLahren 🤣🤣🇮🇳 🇺🇸 https://t.co/0gRKWhgd5f— Ali-Asghar (@Ali-Asghar)1598375279.0
Twitter will never pass up a chance to dunk on Tomi Lahren.
😂 😂 😂 Tomi Lahren is thanking her all Indian fans with this wise Ullu 🦉 https://t.co/D8YIW8BxGU— Jaane bhi do Yaro (@Jaane bhi do Yaro)1598338615.0
President Trump is the king Ullu.
In an act of cultural appropriation gone terribly wrong @TomiLahren basically called @POTUS a fool in Hindi. Thinki… https://t.co/3CrlQDADU9— Krishna Komanduri, MD, FASTCT (@Krishna Komanduri, MD, FASTCT)1598382901.0
I can't 😂 "President trump is wise like an ullu" In hindi ullu means owl but used as an insult to consider someo… https://t.co/NPplf8kOCY— StanceGrounded (@StanceGrounded)1598333046.0
The prank went over especially well with Indian Twitter users.
In case it wasn’t clear, I’m the person who pranked Tomi Lahren, and I did it via @BookCameo. Best $85 I’ve ever sp… https://t.co/QZDMJoMvBS— Ali-Asghar (@Ali-Asghar)1598368015.0
This is exactly how you realise that things can get lost in translation #Ullu 🦉 https://t.co/KLQ9LIoX8d— Shivam Singh (@Shivam Singh)1598366210.0
Hopefully, by now, someone has told Tomi the truth about what she said.
i, too, am “wise like an ullu”— rahel (@rahel)1598403100.0
Umm. Who's gonna tell her? [for the uninitiated, in Hindi/Punjabi an owl (ullu) is not often associated with wisdo… https://t.co/wEPAC2TR9P— Tanvi Madan (@Tanvi Madan)1598317496.0
Perhaps Tomi regrets what she said...or perhaps she feels good knowing many people on Twitter finally feel they can agree with her.