Recently content creator-cum-actor Usman Mukhtar opened up about being harassed and stalked by a woman for over two years. As people extended sympathy to the Anaa actor, singer Ali Zafar began comparing his situation to that of Usman Mukhtar.
Amid sexual harassment allegations by fellow artist Meesha Shafi, the Teefa in Trouble actor lost many opportunities whilst facing extreme backlash online. Can that really be compared to being stalked and harassed? The singer is missing the point that men get harassed too.
While the Sabaat actor had shared his #MeToo story, Ali Zafar took to sharing how he was wronged under the guise of #MeToo.
Reminds me of the time I was threatened and blackmailed to back off from a deal with a big beverage company replacing a colleague as a judge for a music show or i “will be destroyed” before the release of my film. Expose them with facts and evidence via due process. #UsmanMukhtar https://t.co/jLVreuIEuJ
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) July 27, 2021
While everyone has their own traumatic experiences, can you compare being stalked to the backlash post-sexual harassment allegations? Here’s what Netizens have to say.
Not everything is about you Mr. Harasser. pic.twitter.com/ASJTWMpuzn
— Hunza (@__feministt) July 27, 2021
A colleague you harassed!!
— oni (@onisawai) July 27, 2021
Abay tu toh chup kar
— Kutta The Dog 🇵🇸 (@6lackfield) July 27, 2021
Pakistan has already lost its cultural icon to canadian culture , what else u want now
— owl_bin_faul (@Owl_ka_Furzand) July 27, 2021
The singer seems to have missed the point as Usman Mukhtar explicitly stated that despite his experience, he will always ‘believe women’.
Of course, Netizens didn’t appreciate the singer getting it all wrong. Usman’s experience points out how men get harassed too, not that men get falsely harassed.
Toxicity is in all genders Not just one
— Abd (@AbdullahSid892) July 27, 2021
Ewww that hair and this audacity ewwww
— S. (@someaningless) July 27, 2021
As usual, some people were out of line and resorted to trolling.
— Usama 🇵🇰 (@usamathemughal) July 27, 2021
— amnaddy (@angstybooknerd) July 27, 2021
Yet some made really good points like how Pakistan lacks legislation and enforcement of legislation for the protection of women.
Chal chal, due process to tab ho jab laws houn. Fake news ki dukhan aur "main character" honay ke leye attention seeker.
— SUPER ZOBIA (@onedayzoe) July 27, 2021
Usman Mukhtar Shares His #MeToo Story
Indie director and cinematographer recently shared his experience of being stalked and harassed by a singer. He revealed how this woman had hired him as a director for her music video but he left due to creative differences. Then began the barrage of messages, stalking, and harassment.
The woman even made false claims against him, and Usman Mukhtar had to get the FIA involved. Yet even his family, particularly his mother was targeted amid the investigation.
Many celebs voiced support for Usman Mukhtar particularly his female co-stars.