Usman Basra calling Shafaat Ali a ‘meerasi’ initiates a much-needed debate!
This needs to stop NOW.
Despite the fact that we spend most of our day sitting in front of the TV screens, our utmost disrespect towards our artists reflects our hypocritic behavior. Recently such debate was followed by Usman Saeed Basra’s comment about Pakistani impressionist and comedian Shafaat Ali.
After the news of former PMLN leader Shehbaz Sharif testing positive for COVID-19 broke, Shafaat sent him best wishes and speedy recovery on his Twitter account. However, this irked spokesperson of the Punjab government and Secretary Information PTI Punja Usman Saeed Basra, who called Ali a ‘meerasi’.
Meerasi is a commonly used slur and a derogatory term used to refer to artists in Pakistan. This implied the profession to be less respectful.
Not stopping here, Basra went on to make another derogatory comment.
اگر میراثی تمہارے جیسا "اللہ بچائے ایسی چودہراھٹ سے" https://t.co/mpDi3CUzkd
— Usman Saeed Basra (@usmansaeedbasra) June 11, 2020
People from showbiz and journalist fraternity stepped forward in Shafaat’s support.
Aur agar TARJUMAN app kay jaisa tu LANAT aisi tarjumani pay ?@iamshafaatali
— vasay chaudhry (@vasaych) June 12, 2020
I once corrected a lawyer/politician who came from a family of that vocation that my father is a businessman, making him the meerasi not me. For Meerasi means one who inherits something, esp line of work. I see your Mens Rea @usmansaeedbasra Pls explain your Intent or apologise. https://t.co/kBBNWzLXfA
— Omair Rana (@omairana) June 12, 2020
Dear @ImranKhanPTI can you please tell your spokesperson that it is these very mirasees that you have called upon for decades to raise funds for @SKMCH that it is these very mirasees like @sufisal @stringsonline @ShehzadRoy @iamhumayunsaeed that have stood by you for humanity. https://t.co/VbDqF32xiu
— Fakhr-e-Alam (@falamb3) June 13, 2020
@iamshafaatali its sad that people of such creepy mindset still exist in our country and running the state affairs … @ImranKhanPTI its high time you must filter the burden like @usmansaeedbasra and show him where he belongs before pointing others @falamb3 @AliZafarsays
— aijaz aslam (@aijazz7) June 13, 2020
Dear Sir @UsmanAKBuzdar….been told he is the official spokesperson for the @GOPunjabPK. Given the office he holds, I leave it up to your kind judgment to decide what the noble thing would be to do. https://t.co/bzm0ZsNwlP
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) June 12, 2020
.@usmansaeedbasra we will not take it from you. @iamshafaatali is a fellow colleague and comedy/acting is a respectable profession. Your comment is showing disgrace for the entire artist community. What if this community refuses to vote PTI next time ? pic.twitter.com/nzkqBYql7h
— Madiha Abid Ali (@MadihaAbidAli) June 12, 2020
Quite unfortunate, wasn’t expecting this much low from someone bearing a Pol position.
— Ajmal Jami (@ajmaljami) June 12, 2020
Artists have always played a significant role, particularly in the phases of hopelessness and gloominess. They entertain us with their performances, inspire hope with their stories, and make our lives better with their talent.
However, despite them playing a vital role in our lives and us following their every move, we hate to show respect to them publicly. We never acknowledge their efforts unless they are no longer with us.
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