Samina Peerzada Just Made A Problematic Comment About Shy People And That's Not Okay

By Iman Zia | 14 Jun, 2019

In her latest episode, Samina Peerzada makes a problematic statement about drugs.


Samina’s approach to interviewing her guests has always been tainted with striking inquisitiveness and overt curiosity, and it’s often gotten her in trouble.

Source: Rewind with Samina Peerzada / YouTube


Recently, while interviewing Affan Waheed, Samina made an unjust assumption that in the West, people are lonely and so go to therapists while here, we have a stronger family dynamic with friendships that don’t require us to seek therapy.

Source: Rewind with Samina Peerzada / YouTube


After this baffling conjecture, Samina made another reckless remark in her latest episode and said that shy people either channel their creativity into the arts or go into drugs.

Samina Peerzada’s latest episode of ‘Rewind With Samina Peerzada’ had model-turned-actor Emmad Irfani divulge his dark childhood and struggles of growing up in a toxic family setting. The actress, when talking to Emmad about how he struggled as an introvert, impetuously stated that people who are shy will either become “writers, poets, lyricists or musicians” – and if they don’t go into these fields, they’ll go into drugs.

Source: Rewind with Samina Peerzada / YouTube


While this is undoubtedly a very ill-conceived opinion, we understand where she might be coming from.

Samina’s point might insinuate that shy/introverted people tend to be very creative and have active imaginations, and thus go into highly specialized fields like writing or poetry – and if they cannot positively channel their inventiveness, then they might resort to something negative (drugs).

Source: Rewind with Samina Peerzada / YouTube

It’s a stretch, however, she needs to understand that in Pakistani society, injudicious (and very black-and-white) comments like these cannot be made. Being a host of a widely popular channel means sensitivity has to brim in the utmost capacity; for the actors’ sakes who are opening up to you (it can’t be easy) and for audiences watching.


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Cover image via: Rewind with Samina Peerzada / YouTube

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