Meera ji, take a chill pill, please

Published: August 28, 2013
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Haters are going to hate, but if the hatred is too hot for Meera to handle, how about she hire someone who’ll tweet her wonderful thoughts for her? DESIGN AND ILLUSTRATION : ESSA MALIK

The list of things wrong with Pakistan, today: corruption, terrorism, a crumbling state structure, the energy crisis, sectarian violence, poverty, lack of infrastructural development, brain drain, increasing foreign debt, illiteracy, unemployment, mehngai (inflation), paani ki qami (water scarcity), roads pe traffic aur Meera ji ki English (traffic on the roads and Meera ji’s English)…Wait, what?!

In her own words, Meera began her career in the entertainment industry in 1995. In just 18 years, she has somehow managed to become an integral part of the Pakistani entertainment industry. Every other person on the street will know who she is. Hers’ is the kind of fame that has managed to transcend all barriers of class, sect and ethnicity. For the love of God, the woman got her own reality television show when she decided it was time for her to get married.

Need I say more?

But somehow, we have all collectively managed to upset Meera. The fan-following and popularity isn’t enough. The XX-year-old woman needs more attention. In her latest attempt to make news waves, Meera has decided that she has had enough with all the jokes about her age and her English speaking skills (or lack thereof). Apparently, her recently released movie didn’t shift enough of the Pakistani population’s focus onto her. The ‘veteran’ Lollywood actress has now threatened to drag to court everybody who manages to offend her! Good luck with that Meera. It’s not like our courts have anything better to do anyway, right?

“I am taking my life very seriously now and want to build a hospital in Pakistan for my country-men.”

About time Meera, about time. But guess what: nobody cares.

We have bigger problems to focus on. And yes that’s a valid argument here. A couple of tweets and jokes that people probably forgot five minutes after they first read/heard them don’t damage anybody’s reputation as much as their own words do. And let’s not pretend Meera hasn’t enjoyed the attention all this time. She probably has more parody accounts on our social media channels than Zardari and Altaf Bhai combined.

News flash!

People are mean. We mock, we judge and we joke. It’s in our nature and we do it only to keep ourselves entertained. Who better to entertain us than our very own entertainment industry’s artists? Especially when acting skills and scripts don’t seem to suffice anyway – any publicity is good publicity, right?

Haters are going to hate, but if the hatred is too hot for Meera to handle, how about she hire someone who’ll tweet her wonderful thoughts for her or even better, how about she stops using Twitter altogether? That way, us, entertainment starved Pakistanis, won’t get after her for every tiny error in judgment.

After that, she could continue doing what she is doing and we’ll do the same. System chal raha hai, chalney doh (A system is working in place, let it work). After all, by throwing random fits she is just giving us more reasons to ‘discuss’ her and since she has yet to display any serious intention of fixing her ways, I won’t even bother with that suggestion.

If this were a less pathetic situation, I would have asked Meera to continue doing the work that she is doing and ignore the ‘criticisms’ but as far as I’m concerned, this particular personality has yet to make any valid contribution to our society. If she were a smarter woman, she would have started taking her life seriously decades ago. (Does the decades reference count as an age-related joke? Oops.)

Priyanka Rajani

Priyanka Rajani

The writer is a sub-editor at the Opinions and Editorial desk at The Express Tribune.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • Ali Jamil

    This is such a hate filled piece. Recommend

  • saad

    when ‘nobody cares’ about meera then she wont care about this article. leave alone knowing about it she wont read it! how about you tweet meera’s wonderful thoughts or recommend someone? Recommend

  • Agnostic Khan

    I am not a fan of Meera but I find this article full of contradictions……If she has ‘no valid contribution to our society’ then why are you writing about her…?..The numerous references to her age are also in bad taste…Recommend

  • Stranger

    Leave her alone please .If nothing , at least she provides us the much needed entertainment . She harms no one except her self by her statements. Let her be please. She is much better than the heavy broody ‘intellectual’ politicians or other pubic figures who do nothing for the public ( not even make us laugh occasionally ) .Recommend

  • REEMA

    The author needs to relax and apply the advice given to meera on helself… CheersRecommend

  • Parvez

    Meaooow !…………….and the winner is Meera by a mile.
    Recommend

  • Saba

    The author is right(although in a harsh way)..Meera got to understand that its not just stardom u get to enjoy while being a celebrity. one should be intrepid enough to face criticism,mockery and watchful eyes on your every move and word. Recommend

  • https://twitter.com/AamAwam AamAwam

    I totally second you. She knows the only reason other than her crappy movies she gets the attention of people is her bad English.
    And yes she is worthy of being ridiculed. If she doesn’t know the language she might as well not use it. What’s the harm in using Urdu language?
    Confused celebrities I tell you.Recommend

  • mohsin

    looks like Someone is going through bad day.Recommend

  • http://www.twitter.com/BajiPlease Baji Pleases

    It’s the author who needs to take a chill pill. Say, you want to upset the already distraught Meera, don’t you? That too in a language she is tetchy about? Let her be, please!Recommend

  • Pappu

    This is hate speech. You need a chill pill.Recommend

  • Hardliner

    True, true!! all of it………… my thoughts exactly……! Meera, the way i see it, thoroughly enjoys the jokes on her since they keep her in limelight (somehow)……….Recommend

  • Umair Jabbar

    Haven’t read anything more useless than this.Recommend

  • Rahul

    What’s the point of this blog? Such a hate filled piece. I wish the couple of minutes I spent reading it could be recovered. Recommend

  • Falcon

    That’s how most of the celebrities are worldwide. The article seems more like an angry tirade rather than a fun read.Recommend

  • Subul

    I think what the author is trying to say is that Meera has no valid contribution to our society, so she should stop acting out and pretending like she’s an integral part. For all we know she’s going around to these very newspapers and saying that if they don’t write something about her (good stuff) she’ll take them to court.Recommend

  • Rahul

    What a waste of space. and time.Recommend

  • Maryam

    woahh! take a chill pill priyanka!Recommend

  • KachuKuma

    the only person who needs a chill pill is youRecommend

  • http://Lahore Iram

    By the way what is your contribution except writing few lines in English? See the response of readers and now stop writing as majority is not with you, dare you?Recommend

  • shahida kazi

    What was that all about?Did I miss something?Recommend

  • Saad Durrani

    Start a ‘Dear Diary’ section and keep these write-ups there. Recommend

  • Nabia

    Excellent article. People like that need to be reminded of who they are. Kudos to the writer.Recommend

  • Amna

    It leaves a very ill feeling inside to read a piece of writing filled with this amount of sarcasm and hatred.How ironic, people in this country blame the international world for not respecting the Pakistanis and see this piece of article that is an obvious reflection of the extent to which disrespect is rendered by one Pakistani to another, on a medium accessible to international world. I may not be a fan of Meera or a relative or a friend, but i strongly believe in refraining from disrespecting a Pakistani, despite the number of mistakes he/she may have made or the way he/she speaks………… Recommend

  • bla

    seriously, after reading this article i would give more respect to meera than this author ..Recommend

  • soraya

    This is a horrible piece of writing,and worse are the contents. Did you really find only Meera to take your personal frustrations out on?Recommend

  • Chandan Malhi

    It shows we are jealous to her, she is good celebrity even though she do not know English,Recommend