Aamir Liaquat did exactly what we have been doing to Taher Shah
The notorious Amir Liaquat invited an equally notorious Taher Shah to his Ramazan show, and well, had quite a bit of fun at Taher Shah’s expense on live television. Here’s a video of what he did:
This treatment of Taher Shah has triggered an unpleasant response to Aamir Liaquat and his show; people believe that what he did was absolutely detestable. According to them, Shah is also a human being who didn’t deserve to be treated with such disrespect – especially on live television.
In other words, Pakistanis are now defending someone they themselves took great pride in ridiculing when the song Eye to Eye was released. See this post for example.
What I find extremely interesting is that although Aamir Liaquat is infamous on many social media platforms for what he has done in the past, he has done nothing out of the ordinary to Taher Shah to create such an unnecessary racket.
Here are a few questions to ponder upon:
What did he do to trigger an entire (Facebook) army to go all out and support Taher Shah? He is someone who was widely ridiculed when Eye to Eye was released in the first place.
How did Aamir Liaquat do anything different from what we did to Taher Shah when his song was released?
— Farheen Rizvi (@FarriRizvi) June 26, 2013
— AMBER (@amberShasan) June 25, 2013
Hell, one of the reasons Taher Shah ever got so much attention was because of the amount of fun we made of him; we made him famous and it was because of our collective reactions that we saw him live on national television. Whilst it’s true that Aamir Liaquat making fun of Taher Shah in front of an entire nation is a bit extreme, but the rage that we see on Facebook and other platforms against Aamir Liaquat is purely hypocritical given that we started it!
How can we switch sides so easily against something that all of us were a part of initially and how can we be so quick to judge?
I admit what Aamir Liaquat did with Taher Shah was condemnable to say in the least, yet I cannot see how he is different from any of us who literally created Taher Shah through our own sarcasm. The Facebook world, including all Aamir Liaquat (and Taher Shah) haters out there, are to Taher Shah what Joe Chill was to Batman. What Aamir Liaquat did might have been wrong, but then again, what the nine million Facebook users had been doing all along was wrong too.
Another reason for me to believe that the recent burst of energy against Aamir Liaquat (or rather in favour of Taher Shah) is because we envy Liaquat. Aamir Liaquat is a strong symbol of some of the things that are wrong with our nation. After all the drama that he has been through, he comes on national television every day, feeds a bunch of (pious) people, and makes millions. Aamir Liaquat is living the Pakistani dream and that is why all of us hate him.
Hate to admit it, but its true!
As a friend of mine very aptly put it,
“We are being hypocritical, of a hypocritical show, by a hypocritical host – (a show that is) meant to be about the essence of Ramazan but has the audience basically bullying a singer while a cobra roams around on the floor.”
Exactly my point.
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