Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates once revealed that he prefers wearing a simple $10 Casio watch. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg has amassed so much wealth over the past decade that he can buy a new Ferrari every day, however, he drives a $30,000 car because it’s “safe, comfortable and not ostentatious”. World’s third wealthiest person Warren Buffet still lives in the house had bought in the 1950s.
And then there is singer Mika Singh, who apparently booked an entire first-class of an Emirates flight just because he could. He posted a video on Twitter last week, claiming to have booked the entire first-class section and then counting the number of seats he had booked.
— King Mika Singh (@MikaSingh) July 9, 2018
And what prompted Singh to put on an ostentatious display of wealth? Apparently, he was inspired by Michael Jackson who, Mika said, used to book entire first-class sections of planes because he wanted to travel alone. Though we cannot verify his claims, what the ‘Gandi Baat’ singer perhaps overlooked was that Jackson, whether in his private jet or business class sections of commercial airplanes, used to offer wine disguised as Coke to teenage kids as an ‘intoxicating agent’, for which he was formally charged during investigations of child molestation.
But that’s beside the point.
Mika Singh also said that one needs to have ‘courage’ to pull off such an act. If he was looking for privacy, perhaps he could have just booked a charter plane? But Singh not only revelled in his act of ‘bravery’, he also encouraged other celebrities to follow suit. And some of them did…by trolling him.
Shaan put out a video mocking Singh’s voice and saying that he had booked an entire bowling arena.
— Shaan (@singer_shaan) July 12, 2018
East India Comedy (EIC) co-founder Sapan Verma had a different take on Singh’s video.
Mika booked the entire business class instead of a single seat.
I booked an entire Uber Go instead of Uber Pool.
— Sapan Verma (@sapanv) July 13, 2018
And then there were others who tried to point out that Singh may not have actually booked the entire section as many flights don’t find takers for business class seats. They posted their own pictures and videos of empty gyms, movie theatres and train coaches.
Inspired form Mika Singh I booked the entire train compartment to myself because kyu nahi. pic.twitter.com/nJcDBrpKXC
— N (@navdhad) July 13, 2018
— Keeny (@keeny76) July 15, 2018
Poora theatre book Kar liya pic.twitter.com/DKVpRpaj4r
— Ravi Maheshwari (@iosdevravi) July 15, 2018
Many on Twitter also pointed out that if Singh actually wanted to spend his wealth, he could have just offered someone who has never flown a chance to fly. Or maybe donate that money to a charity.
— Monalisa Jha (@eyemonalisajha) July 9, 2018
Hello Income Tax office?
— Jyotsna Macwan (@stormborn____) July 9, 2018
What a waste of money !!! In Punjab people r dying due to Cancer they cant afford medicines . Youth of Punjab is struggling with Drugs & have very less Rehab centers . People who dont know the Value of money cant be happy even if the own entire plane .
— Harshdeep (@AAPHarsh1) July 10, 2018
Lol pls show your puppy this news as well pic.twitter.com/JwLblYl7sG
— King Mika Singh (@MikaSingh) July 14, 2018
Chances are, Mika Singh is merely pulling a fast one. But knowing his dubious track record (molesting Rakhi Sawant, hit-and-run case, slapping a doctor at his concert), one will never know.