Bobby Jindal Dislikes Being Called “Indian American” Twitter Mocks Him

Victoria Kezra
Social media blew up with hilarious #BobbyJindalissowhite after he tried to deemphasize his Indian roots.

Piyush "Bobby" Jindal decided to announce his intentions to run for president of the United States this week and his announcement makes him the first person of Indian decent ever to run. He would rather people not think about that. 

The Louisiana governor said that he didn't want to be considered "Indian-American" and thought of himself just as plain old American. 

"We are not Indian-Americans, African-Americans, Irish-Americans, rich Americans, or poor Americans. We are all Americans," he said to a crowd in New Orleans according to Business Insider.  

Many people, especially the Indian and Indian-American communities, did not take that well and the hilarious hashtag #BobbyJindalisSoWhite was born. 

Bobby Jindal may have meant his statement to be inclusive of all ethnicities as being "American," but the Indian community and many others saw it as a way to try and distance himself from his roots. It doesn't make matters better that earlier in the year he said, "If we wanted to be Indians, we would have stayed in India." 

With an overstuffed ticket of over a dozen Republicans in the running for the GOP presidential nomination, Jindal might have been able to use his background to separate him from the crowd and gain support from the sizable Indian community in some states. 

Unfortunately this latest move has been a stumbling block. If nothing else, at least his nomination yielded an amusing Twitter trend.

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