Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Momina Mustehsan gets bullied on anti-bullying post

 

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LOLLYWOOD: Pakistan’s prominent singer Momina Mustehsan has been under scrutiny after posting pictures of herself during her battle with depression.

The Coke Studio sensation had taken to Instagram to post a letter to the late model Anam Tanoli earlier this week. Along with the poignant caption were a series of pictures of the artist herself during what she terms were her ‘times of turmoil.’

 

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This is a picture of me from when I was going through turmoil not very long ago. It happens to the best of us. Mental health is just as important as physical health, and we all hit points in our lives sometimes when all seems to be falling out of our control. Dear Anam, I’m sorry you had to give up. I’m sorry I didn’t understand the intensity of how much you were hurting. I know you were trying your best to be positive and you were a champ. I was super proud of how far you had come in the 9 years I had known you and the person you had grown to become. I swear you had the strength to keep fighting back, staying strong, and standing tall. But you just needed to hear more of that from the people around you, a little more often. I’m so sorry.. I know how it feels when you hit a point so low that it makes you feel like giving up. We all know that feeling. Every single person is fighting their own battle from behind the face we put up for society to make it look like all is under control. Fortunately or unfortunately, with the growth of social media, random people’s uncalled-for opinions and hate speech make their way to us. Now more than ever, we need to learn to love and value ourselves, and KNOW our own selves and our own worth, so that peoples opinions of us don’t get to us and impact our perception of ourselves. For the trolls: Let people be. Give them the right to be human sometimes. Give them the liberty to make those occasional mistakes. Because without that, no one can ever learn or grow. Reflect and focus your energies on fixing and working on yourself more than scrutinizing, judging and putting others down. Let’s please all shun bullying and hate speech. When you see it happening to someone, please stand up for them and make it stop. Build each other up, don’t be a bystander watching someone being tormented. #BullyingIsNeverOkay

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Reach out. Speak up. Love and value yourself. Never feel trapped and caged that you find the need to want to escape. Every person is unique, every person is special. Every person matters. I consider myself a fairly positive person and most people have always seen me smiling and full of excitement. I’ve spoken about dealing with depression in the past and overcoming it, but that doesn’t mean I don’t still have moments of weakness. A few months ago, I went through a phase of emotional turmoil. We all hit that occasional road block. Please remember to remind yourself of all the goodness and little joys you have in your life. And remember, the only opinion of you that really should matter is your own. Don’t let anyone else’s opinion define or affect you, or become your reality. Easier said than done, but I promise you it’s possible.

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However, soon after her post opposing bullying, the musician herself also became a target of hate for the photos that appeared to be too professional making her ‘look pretty while battling depression.’

Stylist Anaum Hammad had been one of the critics saying: “Depression does not look professionally clicked with this pretty, sad girl aesthetic. I’ve been through severe depression where all I could do for nine months was sleep. I was mentally and emotionally exhausted, and that’s how my body and brain reacted.”

 

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(The screenshots after my statement are from @muzisufi @anaumh’s instagram) More now than ever, these things need to be addressed. I’m not one who pays much heed to what other people say, especially on social media, but the narrative around mental illnesses and depression needs to stop being jeopardized. Enough is enough. It’s important to call out people who put others and their emotions down, judge them for no reason and spread hate. The credibility of someone’s pain/turmoil isn’t for you to judge. As @marixm_g99 commented, “The aim is to de-stigmatize, not compete in who’s the better depression representative” @pictroizzah #BullyingIsCriminal #BackOffBullies @anaumh @muzisufi

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