LOLLYWOOD: Protesters showed up at the premiere of Pakistani movie ‘Teefa in Trouble’ in Lahore yesterday, calling for a boycott of the movie, and one of the guests attending has caused a social media stir.
Waleed Zaman, the creative director of Kayseria – a popular Pakistani clothing brand, was attending the premiere of the movie, which protesters were asking for a boycott for on account of the movie’s lead actor Ali Zafar and Pakistani actress Meesha Shafi’s sexual harassment case.
When asked why he was at the premiere, Zaman said: “Because we support the sexual harassment of women.”
This was caught on video, which has since gone viral. Social media users in Pakistan are furious after watching the video and are asking for a boycott on his brand.
Tweep @iayeshapervaiz wrote: “There should and must be zero tolerance towards people who are in support of sexual or any other kind of harassment against women. There is no justification for this kind of insensitivity. #Shame #WaleedZaman”
Take this Waleed Zaman dude. Watching just his video you’ll find his behaviour appalling. But if he was your friend – and he is to many influential people – you will find a way to excuse it, or call it a mistake, or a lapse of judgement.
— Ahmer Naqvi (@karachikhatmal) 20 July 2018
Since then, Zaman has released an apology, which is also being criticised for sounding insincere: