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How are Pakistani celebrities dealing with internet trolls?

Pakistani celebrities, especially women, have been the target of vicious online campaigns. Social media accounts, who troll, make deliberately abusive and sexist comments in order to get a response from the public figure. But women in the entertainment industry are opting for silence no more.

Recently, more and more female celebrities – actors, singers, models – are speaking out against online abuse and its affect on mental health.

Actor Iqra Aziz’s publicly display of her love for her fiancé was too much for the pearl-clutching world of Pakistani social media. Aziz was mercilessly trolled for days and weeks. She finally responded to highlight the affect such negative comments can have on a person’s life.

On an Instagram post she wrote: “It takes a few words to humiliate someone to the core, few words to fat shame someone, few words to thrust down their throat that they aren’t good enough for the world, few words to spread negativity and insecurities.”

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It takes a few words to humiliate someone to the core, few words to fat shame someone, few words to thrust down their throat that they aren’t good enough for the world, few words to spread negativity and insecurities. . . . It take a few words to bring a smile on someone’s face, it would take a few words to save someone’s life, it would take a few words to make someone feel beautiful, it would take a few words to spread all the positivity you have. . . These are some of my thoughts after reading all the criticism/negative comments on twitter, instagram and facebook. These are the most used apps, this is social media, it has so much POWER of it’s own and that means you have the power to make someone’s day or make them forcefully admit by bullying them that it wouldn’t make a difference if they weren’t around. 300 million people around the world have depression, according to World Health Organisation- March 21’ 2019 . . Why Make Them Feel Bad, When We Have The Power To Make Them Feel Good⁉️

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Actor Ayesha Omar was forced to make her Instagram account private, after pictures and videos of her vacationing in Mykonos, Greece, led to hate being directed at her. In an Instagram story she wrote, “So I’ve deleted all my stories The ones with all the DJ’s and music. Thanks to all your hate.”

Singer Momina Mustehsan’s recent performance at the Lux Style Award invited a lot of criticism, some even bordering on online abuse. But Mustehsan didn’t let that bring her down, she posted this in response: “Dekhe woh jo dekhe woh hai, uss se kae zayada #LSA2019. Here’s to women creating their own opportunities with resilience and believing they’re much more than someone’s perception of them. And most of all, owning themselves for whatever they are – unapologetically.”

Ladies, take a bow!

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