Actor Osman Khalid Butt has come out in support of Jami after the filmmaker came forward on Twitter with his own #MeToo account from 13 years ago.
Osman took to Twitter to speak on the matter, connecting it to not just victim blaming that is rampant in society, but also the concept of faux masculinity that attaches shame to men who have suffered sexual abuse.
“In a conversation over dinner three days ago, the subject of Jami and his recent horrific rape allegations came up. What was astonishing to me was that every man on that table freely admitted to having been sexually harassed in one way or the other: in classrooms, in public transport, in their own homes, in vulnerable moments; as children, as adults; by strangers, by men they trusted. Wherever on the spectrum it might lie, our bodies and our psyche have been violated,” said OKB in his post on Twitter.
Trigger Warning – some thoughts on the distinct context & connotations of male sexual assault in a society like ours, and a salute to Jami for the tremendous courage he has shown. pic.twitter.com/DZp0NvylJf
— Osman Khalid Butt (@aClockworkObi) October 28, 2019
“We do not speak openly about the trauma inflicted upon us; we try suppressing the violence, the shame, the stigma – even though, as Jami says, the details remain etched in our DNA. I say ‘shame’, because in a society like ours, where sexual harassment is already under-reported, admitting that something like this happened to you makes you a lesser man.”