Kohli’s breach of privacy is deplorable and chilling – The New Indian Express

There is a very thin line that separates a fan from a fanatic. The moment that fades and a fan act turns into extreme bigotry, it can get morbid and scary. It becomes an act of extreme passion devoid of reasoning. When it violates the sacred space of privacy, it becomes vile. Former India captain Virat Kohli’s hotel room was filmed in his absence by hotel staff and posted on social media. There have been occasions when paparazzi have stalked celebrities, including top athletes, but this is a new low. A short video titled King Kohli’s Hotel Room focused on his personal belongings – health supplements, his caps, his open suitcase, his watch and even his shoes. He condemned it through an Instagram post on Monday when India left for their fourth Super 12 World Cup game against Bangladesh in Adelaide.

It won’t be an overstatement to say that Kohli, who has enjoyed a very special World Cup so far, is the most popular cricketer on the planet. Kohli and his famous wife, Anushka Sharma, have a massive following. But time and time again, the couple have to remind the world of what is acceptable and what constitutes a violation of privacy. Fans are excited, but this time, as Kohli said, “This video here is appalling, and it made me very paranoid about my privacy.”

Invading your hotel room with a camera is downright deplorable. The bedroom is a person’s most private space. When hotel staff are blamed, as Crown Resorts in Perth admitted in a statement, it becomes all the scarier. The hotel apologized and fired the “individuals”, but is that enough? The damage is done. It was only recently that Kohli had opened up about his mental health struggles. Imagine the scar this incident would leave on his psyche.

On another level, it’s also a serious security breach, especially in a tournament as high-profile as the World Cup. It’s one thing if the paparazzi take an unbeknownst photo of Kohli in a public place, but it’s another if a stranger walks into a hotel room and takes a video of his belongings. Ultimately, it’s like Kohli says, “If I can’t have privacy in my own hotel room, then where can I really expect personal space?”

There is a very thin line that separates a fan from a fanatic. The moment that fades and a fan act turns into extreme bigotry, it can get morbid and scary. It becomes an act of extreme passion devoid of reasoning. When it violates the sacred space of privacy, it becomes vile. Former India captain Virat Kohli’s hotel room was filmed in his absence by hotel staff and posted on social media. There have been occasions when paparazzi have stalked celebrities, including top athletes, but this is a new low. A short video titled King Kohli’s Hotel Room focused on his personal belongings – health supplements, his caps, his open suitcase, his watch and even his shoes. He condemned it through an Instagram post on Monday when India left for their fourth Super 12 World Cup game against Bangladesh in Adelaide. It won’t be an overstatement to say that Kohli, who has enjoyed a very special World Cup so far, is the most popular cricketer on the planet. Kohli and his famous wife, Anushka Sharma, have a massive following. But time and time again, the couple have to remind the world of what is acceptable and what constitutes a violation of privacy. Fans are excited, but this time, as Kohli said, “This video here is appalling, and it made me very paranoid about my privacy.” Invading your hotel room with a camera is downright deplorable. The bedroom is a person’s most private space. When hotel staff are blamed, as Crown Resorts in Perth admitted in a statement, it becomes all the scarier. The hotel apologized and fired the “individuals”, but is that enough? The damage is done. It was only recently that Kohli had opened up about his mental health struggles. Imagine the scar this incident would leave on his psyche. On another level, it’s also a serious security breach, especially in a tournament as high-profile as the World Cup. It’s one thing if the paparazzi take an unbeknownst photo of Kohli in a public place, but it’s another if a stranger walks into a hotel room and takes a video of his belongings. Ultimately, it’s like Kohli says, “If I can’t have privacy in my own hotel room, then where can I really expect personal space?”

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