NBA star player and MVP Kevin Durant recently visited India and went to see one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’— Taj Mahal. Golden State Warriors player’s description of his experience sounds horrific. The American sure would have witnessed a significant culture shock coming from a developed nation, he shared his opinion about the country and later faced backlash for it. The basketball player called India ’20 years behind in terms of knowledge and experience’.
While a few came in support of Durant’s hard-hitting observation, others bashed him as they took the criticism in a bad taste.
“Um, it was a unique experience. I went with no expectation, no view on what it’s supposed to be like. I usually go to places where I at least have a view in my head. India, I’m thinking I’m going to be around palaces and royalty and gold — basically thought I was going to Dubai. Then when I landed there, I saw the culture and how they live and it was rough,” Durant told The Athletic in an interview.
Durant’s few photos as a cliched tourist at the Taj Mahal-
Kevin Durant x The Taj Mahal! pic.twitter.com/YYzC7lEUCe
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“It’s a country that’s 20 years behind in terms of knowledge and experience. You see cows in the street, monkeys running around everywhere, hundreds of people on the side of the road, a million cars and no traffic violations. Just a bunch of underprivileged people there and they want to learn how to play basketball. That s— was really, really dope to me,” he said.
Here’s the video of Kevin Durant’s trip to India where he visited Taj Mahal and held the Guinness World Record training session with an attendance of 3,459 children.
Here are a few comments against Durant on Indian Express Facebook post-
“Yeah. As I was driving up to the Taj Mahal, like I said, I thought that this would be holy ground, super protected, very very clean. And as I’m driving up, it’s like, s—, this used to remind me of some neighbourhoods I would ride through as a kid. Mud in the middle of the street, houses were not finished but there were people living in them. No doors. No windows. The cows in the street, stray dogs and then, boom, Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world. It’s like holy s—, this was built 500 years ago and everyone comes here. It’s just an eye-opener,” he said.