Pakistani actress Armeena Khan is riding on clouds far greater than cloud nine these days. With her recent international promotional tour coming to an end for her film Yalghaar, Armeena has been euphorically basking in the spotlight. However, as is the case with most famous personalities in Pakistan, it’s unfortunately come at a price. Undiscerning comments never fail to gather momentum under social media posts, and while most celebrities are victims, Armeena decided to call out some of the vicious remarks that bristled under her Instagram posts.
Armeena recently uploaded a picture of her at the Los Angeles premiere of her film Yalghaar, with a rebuttal that dismissed negative comments about her physical appearance
She discussed how her physical attributes are not entitled to any form of insult and called out on vicious internet trolls who pinned her with demeaning terms such as ‘whore’ and ‘slut.’
I love my short hair. It's easy to maintain, it's quick and is different. I have cut it because I WANTED to. Furthermore, to all those trolls calling me a "whore, slut, kaafir, behaya"..and the tags continue forever. Please understand, I don't care what you call me. This is my life, my dress and my choice. Being an independent, educated, well-travelled citizen of the world and a BUSINESS OWNER, I don't have to justify my choices, especially if they're not harming you physically. In fact, no one should have to explain their choices if they're not harmful. Remember, you don't have to consume things that you don't like. Oh yeah and finally, I am proud to be Muslim, Pakistani, Canadian and British too. #Livewithit! Thanks! And finally to all my supporters, thank you so much for everything. Love to all the men and women who work, sacrifice and continue to make this world a better place. Lots of love. Outfit @officialfahadhussayn #Jewels by @mahrukh.akuly.jewelry Styling by @minahil.maneka #ArmeenaKhan #Hollywood #Premiere #beverlyhills #Yalghaar!
A few days passed, and as distasteful opinions still persisted, the actress decided to screenshot various comments and compile them into a post, labeling it a form of ‘internet terrorism’
She questioned why most comments were written by females, and rightly pointed out how hardly any displayed context of constructive criticism. Instead, they were incredibly distressing. She laid out how she fully comprehended the shortcomings with venturing into the Pakistani visual medium but stated she would never tolerate abuse.
Hi guys and girls. I have a few q's for you all. I am trying to understand the mentality of the Pakistani public. Above is the collage of the comments that I have received over the last few days. I want to ask, (1) Why is it that the Pakistani female actresses are subjected to this poison? Secondly, I also note that a lot of these are by females. Why is that? Why is it that Pakistani females wish to attack Pakistani actresses in such a vicious manner. What have we done to you except entertain and create an industry that will benefit the economy, culture and arts of Pakistan. How is that a crime? If you can do better please show us your work that will blow our efforts out of the water. Thirdly, please help me understand how can this internet "terrorism" be tackled? Guess what, I too have BAD days. I am a person with real feelings. I work hard. There is a big part of my life that involves running a business, being a daughter, a sister, an aunt as well as helping those who are less fortunate. Can you imagine, when you are having a particularly down day and you get to read this. I understand that I signed up for criticism when I became an actress but nowhere did I sign up for abuse. You are welcome to critique our work in a polite manner but I won't allow you to question my religion, my morals OR my freedom to choose Now, On behalf of all my fellow actresses, though we don't expect praises 100% of the time and welcome CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM, we don't deserve such disrespect or bullying. I've seen the same girls and boys go to other international celebs and kiss their backsides as if they are from another planet. Why the hypocrisy? Finally, I am not focussing only on the negative. I am fighting for what's right. I urge you to think before you hit that "send" button. Thanks for your time. Armeena Khan
She picked out various hateful criticisms that centered around her appearance and questions regarding her religious preference
Verbal abuse poured into the actress’s comments box, with foul language that Armeena noticed and felt warranted a response
Her response gathered tremendous support from Pakistanis
Many urged Armeena not to dwell on such hurtful words
And complimented her sense of style
They reminded her that she does have an admirable fan following
And urged those hating on her to think twice before doing so
Others felt the need to give humble criticism that blossomed with positivity
Many, however, just applaud Armeena’s fierce courage
What do you think of Armeena’s response? Do you agree with her statement?
And Armeena has some very interesting ideas about improving our love lives, so we love this girl