As festive time sparks off debate on firecrackers, new-age designer Masaba Gupta, who was trolled for her support to the Supreme Court ban on firecrackers, took to social media to share an open letter.

The designer was trolled and slammed for supporting the ban on firecrackers. Reacting to it, Masaba posted an open letter on her Instagram on Wednesday, saying that she is proud of her roots and her legitimacy comes from her work.

“Recently, I re-tweeted in support of the Firecracker ban by the Supreme Court and like every other issue in this country, big or small… The trolling and bashing began.

“By calling me names like ‘B*****d child’ or ‘illegitimate West Indian’ only makes my chest swell with pride. I’m the illegitimate product of two of the most legitimate personalities you’ll find and I’ve made the best life, both personally and professionally… Out of which I am proud of.

“My legitimacy comes from the work I do and what my contribution to society has been. And you can try but you will not be able to raise a single finger on either of the two…

“So, please if you must…go ahead and continue calling me these names if it makes you feel glorious. But know this… I am a proud Indo-Caribbean girl who doesn’t know how to shrink and crumble in shame of something you or your society cannot handle. It’s just in my ‘illegitimate’ genes.”

Masaba is the daughter of actress Neena Gupta and cricket legend Vivian Richards.