Celebrities Walk Out of Lux Style Awards 2019
Celebrities and nominees have walked out of Lux Style Awards 2019 nominations in the light of the accusations against Ali Zafar
Many celebrities and award recipients of the Lux Style Awards 2019 in Pakistan have walked out the event to protest the inclusion of Ali Zafar who was accused in a sexual harassment case. In reaction, the organisers have issued a shocking statement saying that they are not concerned with the Me Too cases in Pakistan.
This reaction and statement is being seen as a body blow to the #MeToo movement in Pakistan which is already rated one of the worst countries regarding the safety of women and Women's Rights.
It all began when model Eman Suleman made the announcement on her Instagram account. "The 27-year-old Pakistani model took a stand against an alleged sexual harasser, who was also a prominent nominee at the award function," the newspaper reports.
Here is the video.
A few days later, it was Meesha Shafi who bowed out of the event with a Twitter post.
Next was the famous Pakistani director Jami, who didn’t just drop out from the award show, but also dumped away the three LSA awards on the road in protest. He also posted it on social media.
After this the trend caught on in Pakistan and as per last reports almost nine celebrities have opted out of the event.
Here are some of the names who have withdrawn their names (the list is still being developed as more people come forward and cancelling their appearances). They are: Eman Suleman, Meesha Shafi, Rubbab Ali, The Sketches, Generation, Saima Bargfrede and Fatima Nasir.
Given the outrage, the Awards Committee issued a statement which was shocking nevertheless.
The Committee refused to take a strand because the case is sub-judice. Here is the statement issued by them a few hours ago.