While Muslims complain about Islamophobia, ARY is propagating the same kind of jokes in it’s hit sit-com ‘Bulbulay‘. The show not only used the stereotypical ‘naswar‘ (chewing tobacco) references for a Pashtun character, but they thought it would be funny to throw in some bomb and terrorist jokes too.
We Pakhtoons are not terrorists nor drug dealers.— Team Khyber Pukhtunkhwa (@Team__KPK) July 23, 2020
We are Patriotic Pakistanis and we respect all ethnicities. @arydigitalasia you MUST apologise immediately for portraying Pakhtoons as terrorists.
We have made more sacrifices than anyone else.#BoycottAryDigital#پشتون_بہ_منے pic.twitter.com/MrirMvbPNs
Pakistanis complain about being portrayed time and time again that Hollywood and Bollywood portrays them as villainous terrorists. We at least expect Pakistani writers to learn from that mistake, but no. Making jokes about Pashtuns being terrorists doesn’t help their case.
We cannot ask others to stop vilifying us when we extend the same treatment to our own citizens. This infuriated many Pakistanis as they called for #BoycottARYDigital on Twitter.
I love my #Pashtoon Brothers.— muhammad ahwar (@muhammadahwar2) July 24, 2020
I am #Muslim
I am #Pakistani
I am #Punjabi
I love my #Pashtoon Brothers.
They are an excellent part of my society.
They are rare numbers of people who spread hate against you and we condemn them.#BoycottAryDigital https://t.co/j7xb2zLgUf
All the backlash prompted Bulbulay actor Nabeel Zafar to issue an apology on behalf of the platform and television sit-com.
I’m here on this platform to apologise to any one who has been hurt by any thing we have said or done in Bulbulay!!!— Nabeel Zafar (@nabeelzafar2008) July 23, 2020
our intentions are to make people happy not to discriminate or hurt any one
We are extremely sorry . pic.twitter.com/LIMe6AoZuy