Osman Khalid Butt is understood for being an ally in relation to feminine empowerment and he brazenly takes a stand towards associated points however seeing him onstage on the Lux Type Awards struck the fallacious chord with some netizens. They weren’t okay with celebrities acting at an award present that rewarded an alleged abuser. The actor confronted a variety of backlash and determined to talk up and make his stance clear.
On Monday, he shared an extended word on Twitter in response, explaining what occurred. He stated that he was contacted every week earlier than the awards and invited to pay tribute to Nazia Hassan, who was awarded the Changemaker Award posthumously, and to co-host a phase. This was earlier than nominations had been introduced. “My only reservation — which I made clear before agreeing — was that I could not attend, let alone perform at the ceremony if Feroze [Khan] was present there (which has absolutely nothing to do with his acting prowess, and everything to do with the very serious allegations levied by his ex-wife), and I was assured that he would not. That commitment was honored,” he wrote.
The listing of ultimate nominations was launched two days earlier than the occasion. Butt stated he tried his finest to make sure his internet hosting phase was freed from any controversial nominations. The Ehd-e-Wafa actor stated it was an honour and privilege to carry out the dance tribute.
“It is unfortunate that that moment was eclipsed by controversy. I have advocated for causes I believe in for more than a decade, fought battles that have been detrimental to my career in this industry without fear (and at times without advertisement) — and I will continue to raise my voice: feminism is not a brand I wear, it is ingrained in my very being,” he added.
Addressing the backlash, he wrote, “It has been extremely demoralising studying a few of the posts on the cesspool that’s social media, peppered with lies calling me out for ‘celebrating and cheering on abusers’ (?!), labelling me a ‘bika hua’ [sellout] ‘selective activist/hypocrite’ who raises his voice for ‘clout’. (Somebody please let me understand how I’ve benefitted from this ‘clout’). However then I remind myself that I don’t do what I do in your or anybody’s validation. Nonetheless, one a part of your condemnation I totally endorse: don’t put anybody up on a pedestal.”
The Chupke Chupke actor stated that there’s a larger debate available right here about how the trade is reflective of the tradition it’s surrounded by, concerning the expectation for vocal artists to “throw away opportunities” within the wake of controversy and about tips on how to result in actual, “actionable change”. He additionally reminded his followers that the award they’re so indignant about was chosen by members of the identical society, as confirmed by the LSAs as effectively of their assertion.
“And that’s a cold, hard fact — but social media is definitely not the place for any nuanced conversation with its culture of misdirected hate,” he stated, thanking all those that didn’t waver of their religion in him. “Thank you to my peers and supporters who have faith in my convictions and intentions, and didn’t jump the gun on making judgements without knowing the situation.”