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Yasir Hussain’s insensitive transgender ‘joke’ draws social media ire

His response to an Instagram comment has left people enraged

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 28, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
SAMAA |
Posted: Apr 28, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago

Actor Yasir Hussain is under fire for his insensitive and tone deaf response to a comment on his Instagram post. 

He posted a series of photos of him dressed up as a transgender person for his new project Help Me Durdana in which he plays a transgender person. The telefilm will be released on Eid.

Someone commented on the photo series and asked why the producers hadn’t cast an actual transgender person in the role. Hussain replied and asked whether the the person who commented wanted the job instead.

People didn’t take his ‘joke’ well and he is being slammed on social media for belittling the issue. Others have also called for the role to be taken away from him because he isn’t sensitive to the issues faced by the transgender community.

This isn’t the first time Hussain has been under fire for an insensitive comment. He was blasted for a joke he made about child molestation at the Hum Awards in Lahore in 2017.

Related: I regret saying it: Yasir Hussain apologises for child abuse joke

After Ahsan Khan accepted the award for Best Actor In A Negative Role for his performance as villain in child sexual abuse drama Udaari, Hussain said: “Itna khoobsurat child molester, kaash mein bhi bacha hota [what a beautiful child molester, if only I was also a child]”.

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