It has been 4 days and Yasir Hussain is still facing backlash over his ‘mistaken’ child molestation comment despite a public apology.
The backlash culminated when he cracked the most thick-skinned joke at the 5th annual Hum Awards on Saturday.
This isn’t the first time an offensive joke has been cracked at an award show.
Hussain’s remarks came after Ahsan Khan won an award for his outstanding performance in a negative role. Ahsan’s character was that of a child molester. Yasir’s remarks left the audience outraged with disgrace.
“Itna khoobsurat child molester, kaash mein bhi bacha hota” (what a beautiful child molester, if only I was also a child).
Ahsan Khan has finally opened up about the joke and how he feels about the whole issue.
“I worked very hard in Udaari, I risked my career by playing the role of a child molester, just so the entire team of Udaari could spread awareness about it.
So at the HUM awards, when Yasir Hussain made that remark I honestly felt bad, more so at the audience from the educated class that was laughing with him.”
He further added,
“The character of Imtiaz is not a joke. Ehtesham worked so hard on this project and you cannot just associate the sensitivity of the topic with a joke.”
In the end, Ahsan commended Yasir Hussain for apologizing,
“But as hurt as I was, one thing I would like to say is that Yasir called me to apologize and he has also issued a public apology.
The joke showed just how much Pakistani comedians need a reality check!
Activist Jibran Nasir highlighted the irony of what Pakistani comedy is through his Twitter post.
Yasir Hussain’s apology came soon after the media reacted with rage.
Here’s what Yasir Hussain said in his defense.
“First of all, no one’s talking about the first part of my segment which got a lot of laughs, why is the positive aspect of my performance being put aside?”
“Secondly, when you improvise, things come out of your mouth that may not be appropriate. What I said, I said in praise of Ahsan Khan, it had nothing to do with child molestation. I certainly didn’t mean to encourage child molestation. But if this hurt people, then I have said sorry for it… After this the matter should be finished off, don’t you think?”
“Honestly, after this incident I’m thinking of forgoing hosting shows altogether,”
Watch the full video below:
Despite the apologies and explanations, Yasir Hussain apparently thinks child molestation is a joke. Pakistani comedians exploit race, gender and sexuality for a laugh, it can’t get any worse than that.
People continue to condemn the comment:
Some media personalities are clearly immature, ignorant and insensitive and needs educate themselves. They are ambassadors of Pakistan
— M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) April 30, 2017
— Hadiqa Kiani (@Hadiqa_Kiani) May 1, 2017
What a complete tool –> Hum Awards host Yasir Hussain on Ahsan Khan win for Udari: Itna khobsurat child molester, kash main bhi bacha hota
— omar r quraishi (@omar_quraishi) April 30, 2017
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