If you have been keeping a close eye on social media in the past week or so, you must have come across all the hate and backlash Mehwish Hayat has been getting for receiving the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz at the Civil Awards ceremony on Pakistan day. Many questioned her credibility, while some became downright hostile and pointed fingers at her character. Let’s just say the people of Pakistan displayed an aggressive approach, instead of celebrating the star.
After bearing the brunt of it for the past few days, the actress has finally clapped back at all the haters. Taking to Instagram and Twitter, Hayat addressed all those who unnecessarily accused her character, and expressed her dismay over the backlash.
“I feel I must address the nonsense that some people are spewing about my award. Debate all you like whether you think I deserve it or not, we live in a democracy and everyone is entitled to their opinions, I respect that. However, I do draw the line when my character is being questioned in the most filthy way,” she started off.
The actress highlighted how sexist the whole ordeal is, and pointed out all the foul names she has been called ever since it was announced that she would be receiving the award. She also added how these names are not only an insult to her, but also to all the hardworking women in the country.
“I never wanted to make this a gender thing but it is unfortunate that others seem to be. I’ve been called a tawaif, a slut, a whore and so many other fanciful names so often that it has stopped affecting me. However, to suggest that I slept my way to this award is an abhorrent slur on all the hard-working women in our country,” she added.
On an ending note, Hayat stated how nobody has the right to drag her name down with their nasty implications, and that all the hate has only left her stronger as a result.
“We may be part of an industry that is seen to be glamorous – but it doesn’t mean that we have forsaken our morals. What gives anybody the right to drag my name into the gutter with crude insinuations. You don’t know me! Thank you to all the supporters and also to all the haters, it has only made me stronger. The last couple weeks have been quite an eye-opener for me,” she said.
Many prominent personalities also expressed their support for the actress, including Shahzad Roy, Ali Zafar, and Nadia Jamil, who all urged the actress to ignore the hate and celebrate her win.
People waste no opportunity to tear down the Arts & women in PK. So ofcourse if a woman wins an award in Arts,all hell wud break lose.U @MehwishHayat won the debate tht followed & created an enabling enviroment for women from arts to come fwd.& when they do,trolls wil think twice
— Shehzad Roy (@ShehzadRoy) March 26, 2019
Ignore negative propaganda and learn to live in an intolerant society by promoting tolerance accept my congrats on receiving a national award on Pakistan day you deserved it because you performed very well in recent films https://t.co/yK3qW2YB8h
— Hamid Mir (@HamidMirPAK) March 26, 2019
“Jo insaan kisi doosre ki khushi ya kamyaabi mein khushi mehsoos kerta hai, to khuda usko us se nawaazta hai jise dekh ke doosre rashk kerein. Ye meri zindagi ka zaati tajarba hai. Azma ker dekhiye 🙂 Well done @MehwishHayat! May you and your family cherish this moment forever.” https://t.co/tWyi8m2QWV
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) March 25, 2019
Mehwish works hard. I respect her for her hard work and the commitment she shows to her work. She also has a good heart and is a good person. Don’t be quick to judge Putar. Let The Creator be The Judge. Hard work deserves recognition 🙂 #AppreciateTheGood
— Nadia Jamil (@NJLahori) March 25, 2019
I think shes a lovely woman. Hard working & beautiful. An asset 2 our films/dramas. If the Indians cn appreciate Katrina Kaif & Kareena why cant we appreciate Mehwish? Do you watch Indian films & pretend not 2? I think we should #AppreciateGoodThings & commitment 2 our industry🌻
— Nadia Jamil (@NJLahori) March 25, 2019
Hopefully, Hayat’s rant will speak volumes within the haters and will urge them to think twice before splashing dirt over another female celebrity’s achievements.