Fourteen-year-old Zaila Avant-garde turned the first-ever African-American contestant to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee, a contest that Indian-Americans have dominated for years. The streak is over, sure, and it seems there’s no one extra crestfallen than Hari Kondabolu, the Indian-American stand-up comedian. On July 9, the host of Netflix Special Warn Your Relatives tweeted a video during which he appeared “devastated”, or so he claimed.
“We Lost The Spelling Bee. I am an Indian-American and I am devastated,” learn the caption to the 1-minute-59-second video. “I am trying not to get emotional,” Hari Kondabolu stated, including, “The streak is over.” He then congratulated Zaila Avant-garde, however added it was “tough” for him since “we only got one thing.”
We Lost The #SpellingBee. I’m an Indian-American & I’m devastated. pic.twitter.com/dKTMJiHOhC
— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) July 9, 2021
“You might think, what about the Geography bee, Hari? That’s small potatoes, everybody,” Hari Kondabolu stated. The 38-year-old additionally informed his fellow Americans that any of their Indian co-workers or associates who do not present up at work or college, you understand why. “It’s a national day of mourning. Tomorrow, the day after…What will go down as one of the hardest days in Indian-American history,” he stated.
“I am going to go and watch the ends of the last 12 spelling bees. I know it’s a little sick but I need to feel it — that adrenaline rush of victory I feel every year,” he added. “Yeah, but it’s over. Twelve years in a row son.”
People on Twitter beloved Hari Kondabolu’s take. Some expressed “solidarity”, others stated that they “felt” him.
This Twitter consumer, nonetheless, stated, “If we gotta lose, may as well lose to the coolest person on the planet.”
If we gotta lose, could as properly lose to the good individual on the planet. @Basketballasart
— Aarti Patel (@ArtsyPastels) July 9, 2021
American actress Suzy Nakamura, however, talked about giving some house to Hari Kondabolu.
“Was just going to check in on you. I’ll give you some space while you watch “the tapes”,” she stated.
Was simply going to verify in on you. I’ll provide you with some house when you watch “the tapes“
— Suzy Nakamura (@SuzyNakamura) July 9, 2021
Here are extra reactions:
We solely obtained the one factor. pic.twitter.com/F2JiltxYK2
— Franny (@yomama606) July 9, 2021
There are tears streaming down my face. Thank you for posting!
— Tiffany A. Flowers (Author & Literacy Advocate) (@Prof_Flowers) July 9, 2021
This made me giggle out loud????????
— Sherrod Williams (@Doctor_SDubs) July 9, 2021
Only you may pull this video off Hari ????????
— Tas (@filmi_tas) July 9, 2021
You, sir, are hilarious. ????…can be trying out your Netflix particular quickly.
— Deda (@Dainty_Deda) July 9, 2021
Zaila Avant-garde, the 14-year-old who is a superb basketball participant as properly, received the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee after she appropriately spelt “Murraya”- a genus of tropical Asiatic and Australian bushes having pinnate leaves and flowers. She was awarded USD 50,000 prize cash on Thursday.
Chaitra Thummala, 12, from San Francisco and Bhavana Madini, 13, from New York got here second and third on the keenly-fought competitors, which the US First Lady Jill Biden additionally attended.