The latest Yasir Hussain’s attempt at humor was a terrible fail. He was immediately called out for his insensitive response and this was not the first time so people didn’t let him off the hook. The nasty jab at the transgender community spread like wildfire and before any mistakes could be rectified, everyone knew about it.
Since, the word has spread and people were already busy dishing out the previous comment that he got away with which he made regarding the drama serial Udaari, people knew he HAD to be stopped. However, in a face-saving match, Yasir issued a statement defending his insensitivity.
I just wanted to clear the misconceptions that some people have about my recent role. The images that you have seen over social media of me wearing a Saree are for a project in which I am playing the role of my mother. I am not playing the role of a transgender and by no means do I ever want to disrespect a gender that I have immense regard for. Once the show is out you will be able to understand the character better and will know that my role has nothing to do with humiliating or mocking anyone. We as public figures receive a lot of retaliation/negative comments and just because I chose to reply to a comment with a joke does not in any way mean that I have no respect for a certain gender. Other negative comments that we receive are never made a controversy out of so this also shouldn’t be. It is just a character intended for humor and nothing else. Hope this clears the doubts that some people have.
No, Yasir, even if you are playing the role of your mother and not a transgender, it doesn’t let you off the hook. It doesn’t give anyone that right to mock a community especially a cis-gender male. And, as far as the regard goes… well, that SHOWS.
He also added:
“We as public figures receive a lot of retaliation/negative comments and just because I chose to reply to a comment with a joke does not in any way mean that I have no respect for a certain gender. Other negative comments that we receive are never made a controversy out of so this also shouldn’t be.”
We do agree that someone else wouldn’t be held under the same microscope as a celebrity but that is what fame brings; responsibility.
After this statement was issued, Iqra Aziz a fellow actor came swooping in to defend him.
“All of the hate comments here are a disappointment. You all call yourselves humans and want to help make this world better but you are the same people who wouldn’t even want to make transgenders your neighbours. If you want to teach someone about right and wrong, first look at yourself and what you’ve been doing wrong that today we are having to have movements for their equal rights which is ALREADY THEIR RIGHT. The rights we don’t give them because there is no one among you who accepts them wholeheartedly.”
She went on to add:
“I don’t want to offend anyone here but please start the good with yourself first rather than misunderstanding a public figure’s comment for your own gain.”
Umm… the only sane person among them turned out to Sidra Aziz, Iqra’s older sister. She schooled both the actors on their hurtful comments via Twitter.
I came across the instagram post where a comment was made on transgenders. I immediately called it out personally. Then there was a response of my sister, which is NOT my ideology. also want to put it out in public that I believe in transgenders' equality to live and prosper(2/5)
— Sidra Aziz (@NamkeenJalebi) April 28, 2019
Well, with a sister and friend like Sidra, the two might learn a thing or two.