This is not okay. Last night, Samaa TV aired an interview of Nasir Khan Jan with on their show Naya Din. One of the hosts, Muhammad Shuaeb (how he spelt it on Facebook) thought this would be the time to morally police Nasir Khan Jan-yell and scream at him. He said he didn’t like his content, it wasn’t funny and he felt Nasir Khan Jan was stupid. I am not kidding, go watch the clip below. And it makes no sense at why he is actually so angry with him. What’s sadder about such a moment is that it was probably always the intention to make such a scene happen.
Calling him as this way to ensure circulation of content is not only unoriginal, it is plan disrespectful and rude. The bigger problem with such a situation is that if you put an anchor like Muhammad Shuaeb in front of someone with “real” power, he’d probably bend over backwards for them.
Calling him as this way to ensure circulation of content is not only unoriginal, it is plan disrespectful and rude. And the bigger problem is that it works. The amount of news coverage the show has gotten has really benefited the anchors. People will watch now, we know his name and that’s the problem. The video itself has gotten over 1 million views on Youtube alone. This type of press coverage is hard to get, but this way works.
Another aspect of the problem with such a situation is that if you put an anchor like Muhammad Shuaeb in front of someone with “real” power, he’d probably bend over backwards for them.
You see, we have a history of bullying in this country, and by not admitting it, it only becomes worse. Look at the way we treated Qandeel Baloch. The internet would literally talk about her as if they had any right to speak about anyone like this. Even now, in death, many just bully her name and image, even when she’s not here to defend herself. And that’s the way these “morally upright” people do good by joining in with the crowd rather than facing it. Qandeel isn’t the only example.
Remember Tahir Shah? Remember how bad the bullying got that he literally had to leave the country to be able to leave a normal life. This is what we do. But the bigger problem is that it’s about if they can get away with saying anything. You would never see these same people critique people from abroad who do bold and risqué content, because they may face backlash. However, making fun of your own national laughing stock is easy; simple and above and beyond, good ratings.
This luckily has backfired as people have started to call out both Samaa TV and Muhmmad Shuaed. People took to twitter to call out and demand apologies from the channel and the anchor.
This isn’t the first time Pakistani shows have gone too far just for ratings. Just a couple of months ago, a doctors protesting were called onto a morning show to discuss their non-payment. Instead they got lecture on why THEY are wrong; not the hospital for not paying them.
Let’s also not forget the time a morning show did blackface to show to be a people “dark” bride. What the hell is going on? Can PEMRA actually be useful for once in their life and do something about how are news is running? Except of wondering if movies are “appropriate”.