Folk-rock band The Sketches has announced that they will be withdrawing from their nominations in the Lux Style Awards in the fifth case of celebrities dropping out to protest against harassment.
The band, which has been nominated in four categories –Best Song, Best Playback Singer, Best Original Soundtrack and Singer of the Year– has decided to withdraw from the LSA. They revealed the news in a press statement issued Tuesday night.
Although the band is pleased and honoured with nomination, they said, “Our reason is simply based on our values and principles, which, we will not bend for any award.”
The band also urged people to support Pakistan’s #MeToo movement. “What started as just one voice, has now become a wave. Women all around the world have been standing up to build a peaceful world free of toxic masculinity, sexism, and sexual harassment.
“Even after being silenced, threatened, mistreated, and judged, women in Pakistan are rising too. They are stepping down from the LSA because they stand with survivors of sexual harassment. Without passing judgment on an individual’s character, the band considers it our responsibility to applaud & encourage these brave women to speak and be heard,” read their statement.
The Sketches has unanimously decided to withdraw from all the nominated categories of Lux Style Awards 2019.We hold no personal grudges or biasness against LUX and it’s attendees. With this, we thank all those who voted for us or intended to do #LSA2019 #TheSketches #iBelieveHer pic.twitter.com/j89bJ7el7E
— The Sketches (@sketchesart) April 23, 2019
The band has said it will continue to support harassment victims.”The Sketches remains a vibrant voice for the subjugated and victimized. Our audiences and fans have witnessed songs like Meena, Bhora Marham, Raat, and An Ode to a Liberated Woman, which were inspired by the same principles. Today, we have become a voice for the marginalized, especially of victims of sexual harassment, and we stand in support of all survivors of gender-based violence.”
The band also asked all individuals and organizations to decide whether they stand with the oppressed or the oppressor.
“As artists and more so human beings, we strive through our art, to build a more respectful and just society. We cannot do this if we put our conscience aside for cash or credits. We hold no personal grudge or bias against LSA and its attendees.”
Their decision follows the withdrawal of other nominees including model Eman Suleman, Generation, makeup artist Saima Bargfrede and singer Meesha Shafi.