Ali Azmat isn’t identified for holding again in the case of letting individuals know what he thinks — he actually did not when it got here to taking a dig at Ali Zafar and the 2020 PSL anthem — however this time, his daring opinion has discovered little assist. The Junoon singer had one thing very unkind and admittedly offensive to say about Malika-e-Tarannum Madam Noor Jehan and his opinion wasn’t appreciated by many individuals.
In an interview moderated by Ahmed Pansota and featured on The Present’s YouTube channel, the musician and actor spoke on an array of matters together with music and humanities being an important a part of Pakistani tradition. So far as it may be gauged, he was attempting to make a comparability of at present’s music scene with that of his childhood however the method of expressing that included some very pointless feedback on Madam Noor Jehan.
Azmat relayed an account from the eyes of his a lot youthful self who would get irritated turning on the TV and watching this “mai” (aged lady) along with her “full saari, huge earrings and face overdone with makeup” present up wanting like a “kofta” (meatball).
Listening to this, the smiling host retaliated with “she was a great singer.” Azmat rapidly responded with a “No, this is from when I was young when we’d accepted a different culture,” to which we are saying — nicely, then such commentary was not wanted if it was certainly the opinion of a youthful, much less mature model of Azmat. Simply because it was not doable for him to understand one of the vital influential singers of these occasions doesn’t give him the proper to make demeaning remarks. If that was his opinion as a younger man, the far older and extra mature model of Azmat ought to have identified higher than to voice it.
His insensitive interjections have been used to attract an image that made his acceptance of the MTV tradition — the welcoming of which he demonstrated with a hugging movement — appear ‘reasonable’. The Coke Studio singer claimed that his personal tradition was not offering something aside from this “mai”, so making the opposite tradition a norm turned inevitable.
What followers and we don’t perceive is why critique of somebody’s bodily look was wanted to make some extent on the music tradition. It might’ve merely been expressed in phrases that didn’t assault anybody. A fan on Twitter expressed their disappointment at Noor Jehan receiving disrespect as an alternative of recognition for her work.
Different followers additionally took to Twitter to specific their outrage, defending the queen and calling Azmat’s opinions “embarrassing”.
One other consumer identified how some celebrities simply make such statements to remain related.
Some known as it a publicity stunt.
Whereas others requested whether or not it was time to cancel him.
The cheekiest response was by a consumer who, very strategically, highlighted generational gaps and known as Ali Azmat the Noor Jehan of at present. Minus the musical legacy… ouch.
Although we imagine in freedom of expression, we additionally imagine there isn’t a justification for demeaning individuals. If you wish to focus on musical eras, focus on Noor Jehan’s music, not her look.