Shaheen Afridi is a famous cricketer who often makes headlines because of his magical bowling spell. Well, the cricketer is back in the news for passing an allegedly racist remark while in conversation with a reporter.
Basically a video was shared on Twitter in which Shaheen asks the reporter to put some light on himself to ensure that he can be seen easily.
Shaheen’s selection of words has offended that reporter who is now demanding a public apology
The reporter has claimed that the cricketer’s words were pretty insulting and they fall under the category of racism. He further said that by using these words Shaheen has violated the ICC rules and if the cricketer will not apologize, the reporter will pursue this matter via formal court proceedings.
Here’s the video:
During a press conference Pakistani cricketer Shaheen Shah Afridi told a local reporter to put some light on himself so that he could be more visible – the reporter in question did not take this kindly and says the cricketer should apologise for making a clearly racist remark pic.twitter.com/PrYe2qkFw8
— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) December 20, 2019
People pointed out that earlier, ex-Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed had drawn criticism because of his racist comment on South Africa all-rounder and now Shaheen is following in his footsteps
Pakistanis are too much into racism. Then Sarfaraz, now Shaheen 🤦🏻♂️ https://t.co/EipEZM4IK9
— Yash (@YashdeVilliers) December 21, 2019
They asked the PCB to take serious action against the cricketer
@ICC & @TheRealPCB pls take action against Pakistani cricketer Shaheen Afridi for hurling racist remarks at a reporter. There must be zero tolerance on Racism. @faizanlakhani @mirzaiqbal80 @shoaib100mph @aaliaaaliya @MazherArshad @ambrin_hayat https://t.co/o8EILfY3wH
— Naveed Shahzad (@naaveedshahzad6) December 20, 2019
Many fellow reporters supported the man demanding an apology and mentioned that this casual racism has now become a part of our national attitude
I stand with the reporter. Shaheen did pass a derogatory racist slur snubbing the interlocutor. It's sort of our national attitude. We love to tone down dissent by ridiculing. I wonder if Shaheen even knows what racism is. https://t.co/gcJS9lAxmv
— Mazhar (@majjubaba) December 20, 2019
We tried finding the complete video of the incident. Interestingly, it shows a slightly different picture.
The reporter initiated the conversation by asking, ” Kya main apko nazar araha hun?” To which Shaheen replied, “Thora light apnay aap pai karien thora nazar ayien mujhay.”
A majority faction of people figured that out and they mentioned that the video shared by the reporter was edited in a way to portray Shaheen in a bad light
the guy took 5 wickets (hard earned) for his country today & few country men trying to undermine him. I WAS there in the presser (in Pindi) & Shaheen asking my fellow journalist to be in light wasn't said as a racist slur. video is edited in a way to make it look like as racism. https://t.co/GaGRsK6j2R
— Umar Farooq Kalson (@kalson) December 20, 2019
People who witnessed the incident asserted that the reporter wrongly painted the entire situation
— Abdul manan (@M_Abdul_Manan) December 21, 2019
A journalist shared her story of interaction with the reporter and explained that this particular reporter likes this certain kind of attention
I wish we comment on things when we are aware of the context.
This senior of ours came to me and said "Aap Sawera hain or mey Andhera ayien selfie khenchtay hain" thats the reason I used this name. He is making a fool out of everyone & sorry to say you all are falling for that.
— Sawera Pasha (@sawerapasha) December 21, 2019
The others rightly pointed out that the reporter himself has used a derogatory term while defending himself
The sports reporter is calling out Shaheen for his alleged racism towards him and in the same breath he calls Blacks what? Yes, Negros lol. https://t.co/evBNxACZch
— مہوش (@Notfound91) December 20, 2019
He just said the N word. He needs to educate himself on racism first before accusing others of it.
— jon doe (@nutellanaan) December 21, 2019
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