Former cricketer Abdul Razzaq has as soon as once more ignited controversy by making disparaging remarks, this time by utilizing former Miss Universe and Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in an offensive analogy. His feedback have left many feeling disgusted. His apology, which promptly adopted social media backlash, is solely not adequate.
Throughout a press convention on November 13 on the Marriott in Karachi selling the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2024, Razzaq mentioned the present cricket board setup must do extra to shine and develop gamers earlier than anticipating them to carry out. He highlighted the significance of intentions however used a gross analogy to present an instance of this. “If your thought process is that you’ll marry Aishwarya Rai and expect a pious and virtuous child to be born, then that can never happen,” he mentioned, implying that Aishwarya or a girl of her ‘character’ couldn’t presumably have pious or virtuous youngsters.
How he drew a connection between these two issues is past our understanding however Razzaq’s reference to Rai to critique the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) efforts in participant growth is each ludicrous and insensitive. Why should he convey a girl down to focus on the failings of a bunch of males?
In a video clip of the press convention that has since gone viral, fellow cricketers Shahid Afridi, Umer Gul, Kamran Akmal, Misbah-ul-Haq, Saeed Ajmal, Younis Khan and Shoaib Malik laughed and clapped at Razzaq’s inappropriate analogy.
Razzaq’s remark is distasteful and showcases the inherent misogyny and sexism in each his language and everybody who laughed’s ideas.
On November 14, Razzaq issued an apology aired on Samaa TV, stating, “In the press conference yesterday, we were talking about cricket, coaching, and intention. It was a slip of tongue, I wanted to give another example, but Aishwarya’s name slipped out of my mouth. I am sorry and I apologise.”
In the identical video, Afridi acknowledged his lack of know-how of the remark on the time, saying, “I knew he had the mic and would say something controversial as he has a habit of engaging in banter. I didn’t understand but I laughed. When I came home, saw the video and understood, I realised how wrong it was and felt very bad about it. I will message him and instruct him to apologise to everyone”.
Nonetheless, Afridi ‘instructing’ Razzaq to apologize isn’t sufficient. He ought to apologise himself, in any case he was one of many panelists who not solely laughed but in addition clapped when the remark was made. If he was, as he claimed, unable to know what was mentioned, what was the purpose of laughing or clapping?
Gul additionally posted an apology on X. Making the same assertion, he mentioned, “I didn’t realise the extent of the conversation which should not have happened.”
These two had been the one ones who apologised for his or her reactions. In the meantime, the remaining 5 panelists have been silent. It appears they both don’t realise how problematic Razzaq’s ‘joke’ was or they really feel their laughter was okay. Newsflash — it’s not.
Nonetheless, it wasn’t simply the gamers on stage laughing at Razzaq’s ‘joke’, it was additionally the viewers. It appears as if nobody understood that what he was saying he was flawed or felt strongly sufficient to name him out for his sexist joke.
Former cricket coach Waqar Younis, whom Razzaq respectfully referred to in an earlier a part of the press convention, expressed disappointment and condemned Razzaq’s behaviour on X, becoming a member of a bunch of people that referred to as him out. We’re glad he did so — males want to start out calling out their buddies over their sexism.
Other than the disgusting nature of Razzaq’s remark, what additionally disgusted us was how many individuals sat there and laughed together with him. Individuals who chuckle alongside at sexist ‘jokes’ are as unhealthy because the individuals who make them. Silence makes you complicit.
Coming to Razzaq’s apology — it falls brief, particularly on condition that this isn’t the primary time he has been referred to as out for his misogyny on public platforms. In June, throughout a TV present, he made feedback about cricket participant Nida Dar’s look. It as soon as once more took social media backlash for the cricketer to confess his wrongdoing. However what number of instances does social media have to criticise him for him to know what’s flawed?
His justification — that it was a slip of — is weak. A slip of tongue doesn’t end in a sexist comment. What number of slips of tongue are we to forgive from this man who retains on making them?
As an grownup and former nationwide workforce consultant, Razzaq should realise the accountability that comes along with his place. His analogy used referred to a girl in a belittling technique to spotlight the PCB’s negligence and that isn’t proper. This sort of language solely perpetuates sexist attitudes.
Whereas Razzaq bears the accountability for his phrases, the alarming response of the viewers and fellow gamers, who discovered his sexist remarks amusing and worthy of applause, highlights a giant subject in Pakistan — how we regularly condone sexism. This second underscores the unlucky actuality of how casually and generally ladies are used as butts of jokes or punchlines in our nation. We as a society usually shrink back from acknowledging this unlucky drawback till it manifests itself by people like Abdul Razzaq. What number of sexist ‘mistakes’ should he make earlier than he grows up?