YouTuber Mooroo spoke up about the Kashmir issue, and it’s started a whole new conversation.
As Kashmir faces a humanitarian crisis after the repeal of Article 370, many Pakistanis have come to the forefront to raise their voices for the people of Kashmir. In all of this, people have turned to local celebrities with large followings, expecting them to speak up or shed light on this issue.
However, placing these celebrities on a pedestal has taken a serious turn, with people unfollowing all those who have not yet spoken up for Kashmir, specifically in the form of a video.
Unsubscribed Irfan Junejo, Mooroo, Khujlee Family Raza Samo, Ducky Bhai. Fuck them all. It's been 2 weeks and none of them have uploaded a video on Kashmir. pic.twitter.com/xpNnujCiZf
— Kashif Rizwan (@KashifRizwanM) August 17, 2019
With regards to this matter, Irfan Junejo had shared his thoughts as to why he wasn’t going to make a video on a political issue.
He shared how while he had an opinion on the matter, he wasn’t going to cash in on the issue to generate revenue. This, of course, received its own backlash, and led to people claiming they’re unfollowing him.
However, amidst all this, there were those who pointed out that YouTubers can’t catalyze government-level action.
they aren’t the damn army to free kashmir with a youtube video. this is the job of the military in every nation of the world. stop bashing and throwing their hard work out the window. #Irfanjunejo #khujleefamily #mooroo
— mashal (@mashal_es) August 18, 2019
Whilst the Irfan Junejo fiasco was yet to die off, YouTuber Mooroo shared his thoughts on the matter.
I am upset about what is happening in kashmir. It is unfair to kashmiris and betrays the relationship india has with its own constitution. Kashmiris fundamental right to have an opinion about their own matters has never been given to them. Its about that not about Ind vs Pak.
— Mooroo (@Mooroo4) August 19, 2019
“I am upset about what is happening in Kashmir,” Mooroo stated in his tweet. “It is unfair to Kashmiris and betrays the relationship India has with its own constitution. Kashmiris’ fundamental right to have an opinion about their own matters has never been given to them. It’s about that, not about Ind vs Pak.”
He also went on to clarify that he had not been forced into saying this.
I have not been forced into saying this, I spoke up about the kashmir issue the day it happened on my instagram stories please check there today everything has been reposted. I posted here realizing that not everyone sees other platforms. (FULL STOP)
— Mooroo (@Mooroo4) August 19, 2019
“I have not been forced into saying this,” he stated. “I spoke up about the Kashmir issue the day it happened on my Instagram stories. Please check there today, everything has been reposted. I posted here realizing that not everyone sees other platforms. (FULL STOP)”
This garnered praise from some people
@Mooroo4 This man has another class!
He didn't cared about whatever..
salute to you Man!@duckybhai did a charity stream for Kashmir.
— Hamza Ali Amjad 🇵🇰 (@HamzaAliAmjad_) August 19, 2019
Now you talking mooroo
— Iسmail خhan (@amiihis) August 19, 2019
We are proud of you ♥️
— VlawgswalaAK (@Ibrahim50018212) August 19, 2019
However, there were some people who felt that the tweet was a bit…forced, despite Mooroo claiming it wasn’t.
Zabardasti wali tweet 😹
— Afzal (@soomrospeaks) August 19, 2019
Forced (FULL STOP)
— CheekyCat (@CheekyCat3) August 19, 2019
Given that Irfan Junejo had faced major backlash, a lot of people also felt that Mooroo was trying to not get canceled.
Mooroo speaking up on Kashmir issue after Irfan Junejo being cancelled is like when you get into trouble for your sibling’s screw-up and they start shouting “ammi maine tou nahi kiya kasam se. Iski ghalti hai!”
— Schrödinger’s Duck (@LowSparroww) August 19, 2019
This tweet is indirectly hurting @irfanjunejo
— Farzeen Qaiser (@fiziqaiser) August 19, 2019
Mooroo hurriedly tweeting about Kashmir takey wo next cancel na ho 💀 https://t.co/TeOAiyr7KL
— haraam coffee (@garamkitabein) August 19, 2019
However, a lot of people reiterated that YouTubers tweeting about the issue, and the government actually taking definitive action aren’t necessarily linked.
Priority of this nation pic.twitter.com/EnC3u6wQaO
— 🌸 (@zynishh) August 19, 2019
What is wrong with these people who are more worried about who tweets what than actually doing something about it. BC go work hard to become as relevant as these bloggers & then make a statement that you really want to. Keep ur focus on Kashmir, not an individual.
— Samie Tariq (@SamieTariq) August 19, 2019
I m unable2understand how these tweets help the kashmir issue.
کشمیر بنے گا پاکستان انشاء اللہ
But the gov officials responsible now and in past, practically did nothing to the cause. Now they want youtuber to tweet and make content to do their job.#KashmirHamaraHai #Kashmir
— Usama Khan (@yasirkhan982) August 19, 2019
This really does open up an avenue for the debate around local celebrities getting involved in political issues. Should content be in definitive categories, where vloggers stick to vlogging only, or should we be looking up to all content creators with large platforms to be vocal about such issues? Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Cover image via Taimoor Salahuddin aka Mooroo/YouTube