After Nueplex protesters gathered in Lahore too to protest against Ali Zafar and sexual harassment. While the protesters chanted “Boycott Ali Zafar” outside Cinestar Lahore Kayseria’s creative director Waleed Zaman showed up there to watch the movie. A video soon started circulating where a protester asks Waleed why he is watching Teefa in Trouble and he replies “Because we support sexual harassment of women.” He said that on record not once not twice but three times and every time he raised his hands as he said so.
There’s a protest outside Cinestar Lahore against sexual harasser Ali Zafar’s movie Teefa. Waleed Zaman, son of Bareeze’s owner, creative director of Kayseria brand, walks in saying “we support sexual harassment of women” Privileged men who think they can get away with anything. pic.twitter.com/2Ld7erccZP
— Shazia’s Dottuh (@maryamful) July 20, 2018
Later the creative director of Kayseria and son of Bareeze’s owner Hameed Zaman; Waleed Zaman issued a statement where he claimed that he said this because he was upset as his wife was being harassed and threatened by the protesters. While the video clearly shows none of the said “harassment” happened.
In his Facebook apology, #WaleedZaman says his "wife was being threatened, harassed and provoked by the protestors". He "reacted badly as I was extremely upset and angry at her being singled out and bullied". 2/ pic.twitter.com/79AP9CN788
— हसीम • Haseem • حسیم 🏳️🌈 (@haseemuzzaman) July 20, 2018
Soon after this Boycott Kayseria and Bareeze hashtags started appearing to show the privileged lot that their actions come with consequences.
— rameeza (@Rameezay) July 20, 2018
Ali Zafar – accused of harassing 15 women
Yasir Hussain – joked about child molestation
Waleed Zaman – openly supports sexual harasment of women
I present you the privileged men of our media fraternity, who're supposed to highlight such issues, are sexual harrasers themselves.
— ردا (@RidhaAlii) July 20, 2018
So from the statement given by Waleed Zaman even if we believe him fr a second, just imagine your wife being harassed or threatened by protesters BUT you would jokingly say “we support sexual harassment”
Really ??? Thz would be your reaction man ? Just that ???#WaleedZaman
— Ayesha Khalid (@ayeshakhalid7) July 20, 2018
These are the brands associated with Waleed Zaman’s fam. Hit them where it hurts.
— کشف عاصم (@kashafasim) July 21, 2018
If this is how privileged and well educated lot of Pakistan thinks then what hope do we have for common unprivileged and uneducated people. Kayseria’s upper management not only needs to take serious actions after Waleed Zaman’s insensitive remarks it also needs to show how there is accountability of each person’s actions irrespective of their social status if they want to maintain the integrity of the brand because after all Kayseria is a WOMEN clothing brand, such mentality should be dealt with zero tolerance policy.
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