With the gradual uprising of #MeToo in Pakistan, many have come forward with their own ordeals of sexual harassment.
Sadaf Kanwal’s recent remarks on the matter have sparked social media outrage. Many called out the supermodel for her insensitivity on the subject and how problematic her stance really is.
“You know aap ke sath #MeToo jab ho, tab bol do. Baad mein aap ko yaad araha hai #MeToo, So I think jab ho bol do. (You know, when you have a #MeToo incident, say it then. Why are you remembering it later? I think when it happens you should say it.)” Sadaf was speaking about the campaign in a local talk show.
She further added, “Agar mere saath #MeToo kabhi hua tou mai bolungi na. aur mai social media pe nahi bolungi mai aap sab ko bataungi (If I ever have a #MeToo incident, I would say it. And I won’t just say it on social media. I’d tell all of you.)”
Meesha Shafi, too, had a thing or two to say about it. Taking to Twitter, the Coke Studio singer threw some major shade at the 25-year-old and wrote, “Strong eyebrows.. do not make a strong backbone. Pfffft.”
A user then went on to comment how difficult it must have been for Meesha to talk about own episode of alleged harassment.
“After this whole Sadaf Kanwal incident, I realise how difficult it must have been for Meesha Shafi to take a stand for herself and point a harasser in the same media community which harvests people like Sadaf,” wrote Javeria.
While many criticised Sadaf, PR mogul Fahad Hussain came out to support the model. Taking to Instagram, Fahad posted several pictures of Sadaf and wrote – which seemed like major shade on Meesha, “Strong eyebrows, even stronger backbone!”
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— The Daily Mail - People's Daily