Social media is a really harsh medium. Celebrities’ private lives have long been considered public property; as a result, performers have endured trolling and public humiliation for practically every single post or image.
However, Pakistani actors occasionally hit back at critics with forceful retorts. Seven famous people are listed below who brilliantly criticised the haters:
Hareem Farooq, who appeared in Azfar Jafri’s movie Parchi, opened up about how people would constantly criticise her body. However, she didn’t take it lightly and reacted back to critics in a fantastic post.
“For the longest time I had people telling me I was too big or too fat to be in the media and especially in front of the camera,” she posted on her Instagram account.
“I now feel blessed to have worked with some amazing people and receiving immense love from my fans, who judge me more on my talent than my ‘body’.”
Armeena Khan has always been vocal about her point of views. Armeena Khan has also been the target of extreme hatred and online harassment, like many other female artists in the entertainment business. The Janaan actor, however, has had enough and responded to her critics in one big post!
“Why is it that Pakistani females wish to attack Pakistani actresses in such a vicious manner. What have we done to you except entertain and create an industry that will benefit the economy, culture and arts of Pakistan. How is that a crime?” she wrote.
“I understand that I signed up for criticism when I became an actress but nowhere did I sign up for abuse. You are welcome to critique our work in a polite manner but I won’t allow you to question my religion, my morals OR my freedom to choose,” she added.
Sarwat Gilani appeared on FWhy Podcast and said, “Let’s call out trolls because I feel that a lot of celebrities go through a lot of tough times, they almost fall into depression, insecurity and shame.”
She spoke out against online trolls who spread negativity and reminded them that celebrities are human beings with feelings who are greatly affected by hate.
Gilani called virtual hate “lethal”, saying it leads to people going off social media “because it creeps under your skin”. Speaking about herself personally, the actor said she refuses to get bullied. “I am the bully, I can’t be bullied. I will be a bully to people who are bullying me, always. I never bully weak or meek people. I feel that just because you have an internet connection and a keyboard, it does not give you the entitlement to put people down.”
Hamza Ali Abbasi:
Hamza Ali Abbasi schooled netizens for criticizing and making fun of Pakistani cricketers over their English language skills.
“It is not the language that we should criticise. As far as we wish to give constructive criticism, we should analyse their game; their English speaking skills should be irrelevant. The people who are making fun should free themselves from their mental slavery to colonialism,”