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Iman Ali thinks Lux Style Award withdrawals are ‘publicity stunts’

She said people are joining the bandwagon to become famous

SAMAA | - Posted: Apr 25, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago
Posted: Apr 25, 2019 | Last Updated: 2 years ago

Model turned actress Iman Ali has taken to social media to talk about the controversy surrounding the Lux Style Awards and nominees dropping out right, left and centre. She thinks it’s just a publicity stunt. 

Nominees have been dropping out of the awards to stand with victims of sexual harassment. They say a person accused of sexual harassment has been nominated for an award and they don’t want to share a stage with him.

Taking to her Instagram on Wednesday, Ali said “fame and respect are supposed to be earned through hard work” not by “childish walkouts and social media posts playing judge, jury and executioner”.

“Our sense of entitlement to quickly judge anyone and jump to conclusions worrisome especially in this age of social media. A platform that has made it too easy for some to become a part of controversy or join a bandwagon and become famous overnight and potentially ruin anyone’s life or body of work in minutes,” said Ali.

Related: Director Jami throws out his Lux Style Awards in protest

While Ali was content to have her say, it seems she wasn’t ready to allow others to do the same on her post. Model Eman Suleman, one of the first nominees to drop out of the awards, says Ali deleted her comments on the post.

“As I said before, we’ve worked very hard and it saddens me to see that you denigrate our efforts. What about the victims who have suffered at the hands of perpetrators in this industry, and other workplaces; they never got the chance to work hard and achieve what they could instead the victims ostracised,” she said in a second comment that has not been deleted.

Ali’s post comes at a time when seven nominees of the Lux Style Awards have asked for their nominations to be withdrawn. Nominees who have requested to be removed so far include model Rubaab Ali, clothing brand Generation, makeup artists Saima Bagfrede and Fatima Nasir, singer Meesha Shafi and folk-rock band The Sketches.

Director Jami took his protest a step further and threw out his old awards.

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