By: | Muhammad Ali Azlan |
The first thing I asked when I got to know about the episode as it trended on top of the social media website, ‘twitter’ was, who is ‘Saboor Aly’?
Sorry for my lack of knowledge and preparation before I type this piece down but, I am not here to critique the young woman on her acting prowess, although I did find out that she was the younger sister to the famous, ‘Sajal Aly’.
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Anyways, a video which has recently been doing the rounds on the internet shows a man cleaning windows and three actors on the other side of the window are seen making fun of his actions, i.e the ‘act of cleaning the windows’.
I did recognize one face in the short video which has since gone viral over the internet and was uploaded on Saboor Aly’s Instagram account yesterday, as an Instagram story.
Famous model-turned actor Saheefa Jabbar Khattak was the only one I recognized in the video and I apologize again for my lack of knowledge with regards to the new talent striving to make a name for themselves in the media industry.
The vocal young actor, Saheefa has been seen taking bold stances on her social media and is not someone to shy away from letting people have a piece of her mind over issues she believe in.
Saheefa can be seen laughing in the video as banter is exchanged between the two actresses and their male counterpart.
The video shows Saboor saying that, ‘the window cleaners’ mother must’ve thought big things for her son’s future but here he is cleaning windows.’ The statement was followed by laughter and ended with the male actor saying, ‘the guy is working hard and should not be laughed on.’
The people in the video have since issued a rebuttal stating how the video was meant to be an inside joke among the crew and the guy cleaning the windows was actually the Assistant Director/D.O.P of the project they were working on.
Now to me as an outside observer their are three dimensions to this story which sum up our confused collective psyche and also should make us ponder over the kind of society we are developing, partaking in, shaping and headed towards.
The first being, If an assistant director/DOP who perhaps spent a small fortune to study and hone his craft is seen cleaning windows, most of us will instantly start to empathize with him after knowing the fact that he is ‘educated’, not for being a window cleaner, rather because of how he has been deprived after education, as is the case with educated people working low-end jobs.
Secondly, Why is any job, no matter how small seen as undignified or the one doing it deemed inferior?
Regardless of the fact, if a person cleaning a bathroom for example is an engineer or a scientist, he is working, not being a lazy person behind a keyboard with mere, opinions. When trying to badly mimic the west, we should also see their youth working odd jobs making ends meet and being independent, putting themselves through college rather than relying on their parents money and taking that for granted.
Thirdly and perhaps the most important when it comes to responsible journalism, when things are taken out of context to use as click-bait, they tend to blow up in your face, most of the times.
In closing I would like to say: “Stop being guardians of the inter-web, I am all for empathy but overtly sensitive extremism is a new thing which has evolved during the past few years and has promoted a culture of intolerance and judgments backed by zero evidence and lack of research and understanding.”
Edit: After the entire story played out, the following video was tweeted out by Saboor Aly’s official twitter account:
No one has ever become smaller by rendering an apology – I had to bring Ehsaan Bhai on the screen to share our story so we did. All the people who felt hurt, upset or angry were rightful & I wanted to apologise to them for a joke l shouldn't have cracked under any circumstance. pic.twitter.com/tgszOE4m4U
— Saboor Aly (@Saboor_Aly) May 11, 2019
P.S The headline is not professional or responsible journalism but it surely is a dig *wink*
The writer is the chief-editor of Newsone (Web).