Humaima Malick, the acclaimed Pakistani actor, recently opened up on the pervasive issue of moral policing in a candid conversation on Mooroo Podcast. During the conversation, she shed light on the criticism she and her family often endure from online detractors and passionately shared her insights on the imperative need for individual respect and the prevalence of hypocrisy within the realm of social media.
The discussion commenced with Humaima highlighting the relentless and often harsh criticism that individuals, particularly public figures, are subjected to in the digital sphere. She revealed the intrusive nature of online scrutiny that often extends judgment to family members. Instances were shared where her brother, Feroze Khan, who is “religious”, often becomes the target of criticism by being tagged under her pictures, or vice versa.
Humaima stressed the importance of recognizing everyone as distinct individuals and pointed out, “We’re individuals, okay? I am my person, he is responsible for his character, right?” While commending her brother’s character, she sternly denounced online critics’ inappropriate linkage of their actions. She called for a more nuanced and considerate approach to scrutinizing public figures.
The actor raised concerns about the selective criticism she receives compared to other Pakistani stars. Humaima questioned the disproportionate focus on her choices, stating, “You’ll comment on my clothes. Many Pakistani actresses do dramas and wear far more open clothes than I do. But no one talks about them. I don’t know why my [choices] are made into a huge deal.” She added, “People, on their wedding days, wear ghagra cholis. Their stomach is showing or anything is showing. Why criticize me only? People do need to think about this.”
In an impassioned plea, Humaima urged individuals to reflect on their actions and mindset, questioning the motivations behind the negative comments. She highlighted the frustration and toxicity behind online criticism and drew attention to the paradoxical behavior of individuals who, despite being critical online, approach celebrities in person as fans, asking for selfies.
In a previous interview, Humaima also talked about her struggle with mental health and how she overcame it with the help of her director and renowned doctors. She expressed how her healing journey has transformed her well-being, and she no longer experiences sadness.
Humaima’s words serve as an important reminder to all of us to be kind and respectful towards others, especially those in the public eye who face constant scrutiny.