SEVEN CELEBRITY STATEMENTS SWORN TO BACKLASH IN 2021
Authored By Iman Hussain
MAIRA KHAN’S ANTI-PAINDU RANT
Maira Khan was last seen in Mujhay Wida Ker as Kashifa took to her Instagram stories to ask people why they try to imitate burgers living in defence. She continued mocking people for not knowing how to pronounce "bowl" and said; "Burgerism is inside you shifting to defense won't elevate your status from a 'paindu.'" Her statement faced a lot of backlash for being classist and insensitive
NIDA YASIR’S FORMULA 1 (UN) INFORMATION
Nida's interview from 2016 went viral where she had invited two engineers from Nust on her morning show "Good Morning Pakistan" she questioned them about formula cars and asked, How many people can fit in the car?" One of the guests, Aleem, responded, "It is a formula car, so only one person can fit in it." She then asked, "It's just a formula? You guys are still experimenting on it?" She was trolled all over the internet for a good week. Many memes were made, and her husband Yasir Nawaz also joined the bandwagon by creating a TikTok.
SADAF KANWAL ON SHEHRI KAY KAPRAY
Sadaf and her husband Shehroz Sabzwari were invited to an Eid Show in July this year. The host Fizza Shoaib asked her about her views on feminism and Aurat March, to which she replied, "Our culture is our husband. I'm responsible for picking up his shoes and ironing his clothes. I know where all of Shehroz's belongings are, as well as what he needs to eat." She further blamed 'liberals' for promoting feminism in Pakistan. She faced a lot of backlash from netizens who schooled her on what feminism is and how that enabled her to be where she is today.
NAUSHEEN SHAH ON BEING UNMARRIED
Earlier this year, actress Nausheen Shah took to her Instagram to rant about how it was only in Pakistan where women were constantly pressured and coerced into finding a companion. The dugdugi actress posted a story; "This happens only in this f****** country if you are not married your mother will remind you every day. Shaadi kerlo shaadi kerlo. Nahi kerne Shaadi bhai maaf kerdo, jaan chordo [Get married, get married. I don't want to get married, leave me alone]," she wrote. An actor named Aadi Adeal Amjad took her post very personally and told her to leave the country. Designer Umar Sayeed, who could (and should) have stayed quiet if he didn't have anything productive to contribute to the conversation, passed a snide and pointedly personal remark about the actor. "Yeah, when you're unable to get married despite all the efforts, this is what you end up saying to save your reputation," he said.
SHAAN SHAHID ON BANNING INDIAN CONTENT
There is one thing that, as a country, we love, and that is Banning things, whether it's an app, a game or films. Actor Shaan Shahid took to his Twitter and requested the prime minister to ban Indian content to protect our "cultural borders". Netizens bashed him, saying that the cinema industry will suffer a lot as no one is interested in investing in the Pakistani film industry.
ALI AZMAT ON NOOR JEHAN
Noor Jehan is a cultural icon that everyone agrees on, so when Ali spoke against her in a very demeaning manner, it was evident that he would face backlash. In an interview, while talking about the cultural invasion, he insulted Madam's way of dressing and how she carried herself;' She looked like a 'kofta,' with those big earrings and heavy makeup'. He went on about how he was forced to see her on his screen every evening, and as a young boy, he and his friends required more exposure to global media. He faced backlash from Madam's fans and family alike.
MALALA YOUSAFZAI ON MARRIAGE
In an interview with Vogue, Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai was asked about her views on marriage, to which she replied; I still don't understand why people have to get married. If you want to have a person in your life, why do you have to sign marriage papers? Why can't it just be a partnership? Malala's remarks did not go well with several religious and political leaders. They contended that partnership wasn't allowed in any religion. A political leader was arrested in Laki Marwat for threatening and inciting violence over Malala's remarks on marriage.