There’s not a lot left to say about Khalilur Rehman Qamar that hasn’t already been stated. The crux of the matter is that he says shockingly outrageous and insulting issues and will get away with it as a result of the individuals who matter aren’t keen to name him out. Dozens of celebrities have known as him out however lots of extra would soar on the likelihood to be in a drama written by him and that is the foundation of the issue.
Our celebrities may like posting messages of activism on their Twitter or Instagram pages however most of them hardly ever name out a person who has been poisonous and vile in his description of girls.
Qamar’s newest insensitive rant on social media was about Noor Mukadam; to place his phrases as tactfully as potential, he questioned the timing of Noor’s horrendous homicide — one which has shaken society to its core — and linked it to the ‘dwindling narrative of feminists’.
We won’t start to precise our disgust at such a crass message, one with no regard to the household of the deceased. However our condemnation is not one that can maintain essentially the most weight proper now; it is our media trade that should communicate up.
Most, if not all, celebrities have taken to social media to name for justice for Noor, the 27-year-old who was beheaded in Islamabad. The query is, can and will your posts calling for justice for Noor Mukadam and different victims of gender-based violence be taken significantly once you proceed to work with a person like Qamar and keep silent within the face of his vicious assaults on ladies? The brief reply — no. You do not get to make empty requires justice when you’ll be able to’t stand as much as a bully who publicly assaults ladies.
Tradition journalist Rafay Mahmood hit the nail on the pinnacle when he stated Qamar will stay one of the best litmus take a look at for the showbiz trade’s ethical compass.
“If you don’t call him out for his vile comments about Noor Mukadam, you don’t have the right to campaign for Noor or bandwagon on any other issue. The Sadafs are always an easy target.” And he is proper. It is easy to bash Sadaf Kanwal for her misguided views on feminism as a result of whereas she is a celeb, she would not make celebrities. Qamar, however, is a prolific author aligned with some very highly effective manufacturing homes and blockbuster dramas.
There are individuals who have known as the author out; Mahira Khan, Osman Khalid Butt, Adnan Malik, Sanam Saeed and Meesha Shafi included however a handful of celebrities from such an enormous trade just isn’t adequate.
And no, we do not consider that each celeb has to name out each factor he says. Giving this man’s hate speech — and his phrases can typically be termed hate speech — oxygen by repeating his phrases to thousands and thousands of followers is not all the time one of the best plan of action.
However the celebrities who’ve known as him out may not be those who plan to work with him sooner or later or ever. Calling him disgusting and vile most likely cemented that. The celebrities who’ve by no means known as him out, the large names who proceed to work with him and revenue from the fruit of his labour, are those we’re specializing in.
You possibly can submit about violence in opposition to ladies and make emotional calls to hold all of the rapists and murderers you need, however on the finish of the day, when you do not name out the toxicity and vile nature of a person standing subsequent to you, do your impassioned pleas for justice even rely?
Calling for justice for any sufferer of gender-based violence means calling out the misogyny that breeds these sort of crimes. There’s a entire system at work behind any crime, and it isn’t one which might be shattered with a single hanging. So when celebrities submit an impassioned plea calling for justice for a sufferer however don’t name out the aggressors and misogynists of their midst, their phrases fall flat. You possibly can’t get up for a sufferer of gender-based violence with out addressing the reason for that violence — misogyny.
Posting on social media is straightforward and bashing Sadaf Kanwal and others like her is straightforward. What’s not simple is asking somebody out when you could have one thing to lose. Calling out Khalilur Rehman Qamar will most likely lose many actors the possibility to be within the subsequent Meray Paas Tum Ho — would they be keen to threat it?