As women are taking to the streets to protest against rising femicide, people are not happy that Ayeza Khan is playing a character that promoted an incident of fake harassment.
Ayeza Khan’s ‘Geeti Princess’ in Hum Tv’s drama serial Laapata is seen threatening a shopkeeper with harassment claims. In the scene, the shopkeeper brings up how Geeti hasn’t paid him for months. That’s when she threatens him saying;
“Tou thek hai, ab daikhein ap meri social media power. (Okay now just watch my social media power)”
She then makes a video addressed to all her TikTok followers alleging;
“Aj mein ek chotay sey muhaly ki choti si dukan par shopping krne ayi thi. (I came to a small shop in a small neighborhood) Aur ye bhai sahb mujh sey ulti seedi baatein kr rahay thay. (This man started saying inappropriate things to me.) Shaid inhein pta nahi hai k Pakistan k qanoon mein khobsoorat larki ko cherni ki kya saza hoti hai! (Perhaps he doesn’t know what the punishment is for harassing a beautiful girl according to Pakistani law!)”
Yes, that really happened! To say the public is outraged is an understatement. With the worsening situation regarding the safety and security of women in Pakistan, the timing of this drama scene couldn’t be worse. This definitely came off as insensitive, to say the least.
SAW A CLIP OF AYEZA KHAN FALSELY ACCUSING A SHOPKEEPER OF HARASSING HER TO GET FREE STUFF IN A DRAMA. WHAT IS THIS GOD FORSAKEN SOCIETY, YHAN PEHLAY KOI YAQEEN NHI KRTA AUR IS JAHIL QOUM KO AP AUR ASMAAN PR CHRHA DOU
— Messa (@officialcribb) July 28, 2021
— Abu Bakar Jabbar (@IamABjabbar) July 29, 2021
I just saw it toooo and it's so fuxked up these people are soooo dumb
— Hareem🇵🇸 (@hareemmmmm) July 28, 2021
Others called this deliberate propaganda to undermine the issue of women’s security and harassment.
It's literally just propoganda being pushed on to young men and women, I believe the actors / actresses need to stand up to their employers and refuse to act out such scenes, but the actors are nothing but shallow and greedy irl
— Dr Zoidberg (@DrZoidb38398508) July 29, 2021
Almost every other drama these days showing men are harassing women. These dramas are only showing how disrespectful men and women can be. They are promoting this culture and ruining our future generations.
— Usman Ali Khan (@UsmanAliKhan77) July 29, 2021
Netizens called out actors to be more responsible. Then again, Ayeza Khan hasn’t ever taken on projects that are thought-provoking unlike actors like Yumna Zaidi and Sarah Khan
This is not only one clip dear , kindly watch pyary afzal in that drama she is also promoting a separate class, defaming degrading middle and lower class ,
She is not even a actress bundle of fake gestures and overacting
— Faحaد Buخhaرi 🇵🇰 (@fahadimagines) July 29, 2021
Pakistani dramas never fail to make this society more pathetic and i don't even understand what rhey tryna show😭😭😭
— Rafiya. (@rafiyakhatri) July 29, 2021
People even pointed out saying, was Dunk not enough?
dunk has the same story in a different context.
— faz (@lvrboy4evr) July 29, 2021
People are taken aback at why drama serials won’t focus on real issues.
the fact that in the wake of such heinous crimes against females in society somebody thought that making a clip like that would be ok…..and on top of that I’d just like to ask the actress playing the role that ma’am do you have no social awareness of what is happening around u? https://t.co/5El0VNf92y
— it’s z❕ (@punvckass) July 29, 2021
For those saying it's okay because these things happen in real life, let me tell you that less than 5% of harassment allegations are false. So if they made one drama showing a false allegation, they must make 95 dramas about true allegations for it to be okay. https://t.co/e7kUI66V6f
— lamp post⁷ 🇵🇸 (@lost_macaroon) July 29, 2021
the thing that you’re calling “unnecessary outrage” is an actual fvcking issue in our society that belittles women’s experiences when they build up the courage and come forward with their stories. you’re not a kid. educate yourself. https://t.co/0rfLFGUKeP
— hanu ♡⁷ (@seokjindeux) July 29, 2021
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