You may not like her, I understand. You may have genuine reasons, I understand. But did many of us, like me, start hating her for reasons we did not take time to fully comprehend?
Veena Malik has been famous for all the wrong reasons for more than half a decade now. Ever since her appearance in Big Boss, the actress has been involved in a series of unfortunate incidents, been the bud of almost every joke and the most attacked celebrity to date. This article by no means aims to justify everything she did, she certainly was no saint. Rather the spotlight will be on us, the Pakistani population, were we unjust?
I grew up bashing Veena Malik purely because everyone in my school was doing it. I hadn’t watched any of her videos or kept up with her on big boss but hey, everyone said she was rotten so who was I to disagree? My opinion didn’t change for a long time, she’d constantly be on the news and I was indifferent but every time someone brought her up I’d jump onto the hate bandwagon. Recently a clip from an interview she did back in 2011 resurfaced and changed the way I saw her and those around me. I suggest you watch the video before continuing further.
‘Bohat khuch hai jis pey baat ki ja sakti hai. Sirf Veena Malik kyun? Kyun k Veena Malik aurat hai? Kyun k Veena Malik soft target hai aap k liye?’ was a line much ahead of its time. We all remember what happened to Qandeel Baloch, don’t we? She was killed for doing something internet’s latest sensation, Nasir Khan Jan, is in the early stages of. Why aren’t Pathans rising up together against him being an insult to ‘Pakhtoon pride’? Why are there no clerics giving impassioned speeches against him? Why is he still alive while she’s dead? Because she was a woman. You may not agree with what she did, and because of the universal right to freedom of speech, you have every right to an opinion but did she really deserve a bullet to her head for something that YOU easily could’ve turned your eyes to? YOU could’ve blocked her? If YOU have a right to freedom of expression why didn’t she?