[Viral Video]: Mawra Hoccane calling street harassment as ‘Lahori fun’ irks internet community
"I think it's the fun of Lahore that boys are catcalling girls and listening music in their cars"
An old interview of actor Mawra Hoccane has been circulating on social media, in which she can be heard saying that harassment and whitelisting on the streets of Lahore is ‘fun.’
During an interview that was telecasted on ARY Digital in August 2018, the program host Nida Yasir asked the actress as if any boy has catcalled her in Lahore during her Eid Shopping, to which she responded, “I think it’s the fun of Lahore that boys are catcalling girls and listening music in their cars. I think that’s the feel of Lahori Eid, so we do not mind. Keep looking at us.”
In response to Nida’s question, “Would you mind if someone catcalled you now?” Mawra said, “No, I wouldn’t mind.”
Sadly, street harassment is a common phenomenon in Lahore, experienced by females irrespective of their age and dress.
Social media users are condemning the insensitive remarks of the actress and calling her out for ‘normalizing’ harassment that is already prevalent in the public spaces of Pakistan.
We do mind. Please speak for yourself. Our "celebrities" really dont think before saying shit. pic.twitter.com/MSVp5R15vr
— a (@Abbasayy) July 23, 2020
Does she realise she’s indirectly calling harrassment an expected norm and a cultural trait? Does she realise this is encouraging the kind of behaviour that other girls, without bodyguards, will have to endure????? @MawraHocane you can do better!!pic.twitter.com/5b7oPXEONa
— Rameesha Syed (@rameeshartsyed) July 23, 2020
Catcalling is a form of harassment, last time I checked…
— Fatimah Mazhar (@FatimahMazhar) July 24, 2020
Mawra Hocane be like “I don’t mind being catcalled” on live tv
— ローラ ハル (@LolaTiffanyHur) July 24, 2020
Boys catcalling girls from roaring cars is not "fun." Celebrations based on women's discomfort are not "fun." Objectification of our bodies on the streets is not "fun." Harassment is not "fun." Molestation is not "fun." It is disrespectful and degrading @MawraHocane
— Yusra Habib (@YusraH95) July 24, 2020
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