A TikTok in front of Jinnah’s mausoleum has pissed off many people
TikTok videos often end up giving overnight fame to otherwise ordinary individuals. While the community on the recently viral app is very positive, people not on the app are major skeptics of it because of the perception that those who make TikTok videos are engaging in questionable behavior. A similar discussion has erupted after a girl in this TikTok video is getting famous for all the ‘wrong’ reasons.
So, a TikTok video made in front of Jinnah’s mausoleum has gone viral
The video basically shows a girl who’s performing a few dance steps on one of the most famous songs on TikTok these days. The girl is wearing a white dress and her face is covered. However, that hasn’t stopped people from getting seriously triggered over her video.
This Is Right At Mazar-E-Quaid😢 pic.twitter.com/AcoVxQlEVh
— Haya Awaan (@Bechariii) February 22, 2020
A lot of people on social media have called out the TikTok video in front of Jinnah’s mausoleum for what they’ve perceived as disrespectful
The video has stirred an online controversy whereby people think that the sanctity of the mazaar has been violated by a ‘dance performance’ by the TikToker.
Officials of the Quaid e Azam Mazar Management Board are paid for taking care of such issues. If they can't do their work, then they should be sacked. Agreed that it isn't a sacred place but integrity and respect of the mausoleum can't be compromised.@Shafqat_Mahmood https://t.co/5TWA12J0Pt
— Team Karachi (@TeamKarachi0001) February 24, 2020
Some people have even gone so far as to ask authorities to get involved
Maybe that’s a little too extreme. But there are always ways to tackle this, like in India there are boards that specifically prohibit making of TikTok videos inside the Jamia Masjid in Delhi, for example.
Dear Karachi police should arrest her as and make her example
How dare she danced around Mazar e Quaid ? https://t.co/weyZoOqIqg
— Dreamer🇵🇰 (@Dreamer4927) February 23, 2020
Of course, some people took this opportunity to also call into question the woman’s clothing
As if the biggest threat to our society is always what women are wearing, people couldn’t help but bring that into their discussion as well.
It isn't abt Mazar-e-Quaid. Such practices of disrespecting Hijab/Veil are highly condemnable at any place. https://t.co/NEOIYWd0RK
— Smaher. (@_Optophobic_) February 23, 2020
It is wrong everywhere not only Mazar e Quaid https://t.co/w7eUdv2Oq8
— Muhammad Jahangir Butt (@99_mjk) February 23, 2020
Others were just too shocked at the Quaid ka mazaar being featured in a TikTok video
How can you even think of doing so at Mazar-e-Quaid? Such a illiterate and disgusting people. pic.twitter.com/tTgVXSg2kq
— Sajjad ( Lahore Qalandars♥️) (@Sicilian__Mafia) February 22, 2020
Shame on this girl for doing dance at Quaid's Mazar.
Any goverment official notice for this type of vulgarity at Mazar e Qaid. pic.twitter.com/5qfdpRtre8
— Ayesha (@AK____9) February 24, 2020
On the contrary, there are others who are bringing up other problems that may actually be equally, if not more, disrespectful to Jinnah’s mausoleum
This awam is criticising a girl dancing on mazar e quaid when there have been set up prostitutions at the place where the real tomb of quaid is situated.
Andhay or behray ho tum sab. https://t.co/3yLle6SpjD
— Faiqa Dar (@blastfemous) February 23, 2020
The nation is going nuts that a girl is dancing in front of the mazar e quaid. The same nation that has been practicing dance,music,drugs, sex trafficking, dating, even leaving poor women with peers to get pregnant at mazars. It's all about a free woman dancing. Not about mazars.
— ᴇʀɢᴏᴘʜɪʟᴇ (@RstyClinomaniac) February 23, 2020
The administration of Mazaar -e- Quaid has reportedly approached the Federal Investigation Agency for further investigation and the removal of the video. According to the sources, “The matter is being investigated. The mausoleum’s management has decided to request the FIA to remove the content on social media and investigate the matter as well. ”
Well, maybe going to the extent of involving FIA over such a thing that happens all over the world may be a little too extreme of a measure by the authorities, it’s important to realize that banning things because you don’t understand them is not the solution to a progressive society. The beauty of social media is that while there are people like this who disrespect such respected places, there are many others who correct them. That’s what a democratic platform should be like.
Here’s hoping we can all learn something from this incident.
Cover image via: @sumanhassan4 / TikTok