It was neither a malapropism nor a Freudian slip-up. The Times of India’s headline screaming that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping will “mate” six times in 24 hours was mere a photoshopped version of a mischievous netizen – either an Indian or a Chinese citizen!
Millions of people on Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and other social media platforms on Friday (April 27, 2018) blindly believed and shared a single column report of the TOI with an obnoxiously sexy headline thinking that the massive blunder was committed by the India’s leading English newspaper.
The viral photo was also shared by some of the senior Indian politicians, journalists, officers and other prominent personalities on Twitter. A few of them went on to claim that it was a deliberate “wardrobe malfunction” by the TOI to grab the people’s attention.
The TOI, however, took to twitter to clarify that it never committed such a mistake. “A photoshopped image of our headline on the Modi-Xi meet is doing the rounds. All our editions carry the correct headline. You can see the difference when the correct & fake headlines are placed together. The one on the right is the photoshopped image with the word 'mate' tilted,” TOI posted on its official twitter handle along with a collage of the photos of original headline and the viral one.