The sexual harassment allegations in the entertainment industry have quickly become a widely discussed topic on social media, after the #Metoo movement. The face of the entertainment industry is so cosmetic that it’s only movements like these, which help silence breakers. While men like to get away with sexual harassment in a deafening silence, there are some women who believe it’s time to change that culture and speak up.
A woman breaking her silence about abuse, character assassination or any type of physical abuse isn’t a matter even discussed in a conservative country like Pakistan – let alone on social media. But times have changed. Prominent Coke studio artist Meesha Shafi, has just changed the way people perceive Pakistani woman as weak or even as sexual objects.
In a shocking revelation, it’s the first time that a Pakistani celebrity has come forward to support the #Metoo movement by disclosing her own experiences.
Meesha has levelled some very serious allegations of sexual harassment against famed singer-cum-actor Ali Zafar. This comes in a new dawn of sexual allegations against famous celebrities across the world.
Shafi took to Twitter to talk about how she felt betrayed by actor-musician Ali Zafar, with whom she has shared the stage on multiple occasions. Zafar, a Pakistani singer-songwriter, has worked in several Bollywood movies like ‘Mere Brother Ki Dulhan‘, ‘Chashme Baddoor‘, and ‘Dear Zindagi‘.
In a recent tweet, Meesha has laid it all down to the #Metoo movement:
In her elaborate tweet, she wrote in absolute detail about what happened and how it’s important to set examples as noted celebrities:
Beginning her shocking allegations, she posted how ‘traumatic‘ she felt with Ali’s behaviour, because she had known him for years.
To read the full excerpt of her claims against Ali, check out her full tweet here:
Sharing this because I believe that by speaking out about my own experience of sexual harassment, I will break the culture of silence that permeates through our society. It is not easy to speak out.. but it is harder to stay silent. My conscience will not allow it anymore #MeToo pic.twitter.com/iwex7e1NLZ
— Meesha Shafi (@itsmeeshashafi) April 19, 2018
Since these claims, Tweeple have lauded her courage. Fellow Pakistanis have come out of their support almost immediately:
Adding fuel to Meesha’s allegations, these old tweets from Ali Zafar are enough to tarnish his reputation:
Since the allegations, 36-year-old Zafar has categorically denied all of them. He rejected the claims and said that he is aware of the #MeToo movement. Read his reaction here:
— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) April 19, 2018