Naumaan Ijaz posted something that created quite an uproar all over Pakistan and the social media. The tweet, seemingly revolutionary from his end, was:
However, it has garnered a variety of responses, ranging from people showing their agreement and some showing their disappointment. Here are some of them:
The actor went as far as to call out on Lux’s competency in hosting award functions.
Rough Translation: LSA… If you can’t hand out awards properly, then why do you bother at hosting such events?
This is a common ideology, not just for actors and musicians looking at the “internet famous” or the social media explosions, turning the normal population into a singularity. A possibility at any time to take into their own hands’ success, fame, and renown. For an actor who had to audition, who had to find an agent, and get through networks of lawyers and contracts to get the recognition they received this would be infuriating.
Yet, it was just as infuriating for the radio stars who lost out to television and movies, or even the silent film stars who lost out to talking films. If you want to go back to Charlie Chaplin’s famous line,
“The Cinema is a passing fad, nothing will outlive theater,”
You can deduct that entertainment is just that. It’s something we love, enjoy, and as we grow as a culture and world; entertainment will adapt and change.
There’s no reason for hostility on anyone’s part, what Naumaan Ijaz forgot was he is an actor; his job is to act out a role written by someone else; chopped by an editor, allowed by a producer, and controlled by a director. Theater, film, even youtube shows all play to an audience, without an audience there is nothing to present to. Although he is entitled to have his opinion, that opinion shouldn’t be posted on a public forum and should never be belittling to the budding bloggers/vloggers.
I find there is a beauty in blogging and vlogging. As I grow older, I noticed business has taken away from art, detracting from storylines, even the correct actors simply due to contracts, money, and formulaic writing; proven to work; proven to sell. That’s not art; art is an expression – it’s challenging the form, it’s taking what we know, what we experienced before and flipping it on its head, and saying look what I’ve got now.
To all the Social Media stars, keep doing what your doing; don’t let anyone, even if they seem intimidating, challenge you. No horizon was ever crossed without someone saying it couldn’t or shouldn’t be crossed. There is a purity and a beauty to being yourself, to answering to nothing but the fans, and to what the people want.
And those who look down at these rising stars, look again, they got to where they are, right next to you on their own two feet. By being funny, entertaining, or skilled, if there isn’t a greater testament to a future with freedom and possibility; it’s that someone with a webcam and some skill can stand with the “stars.”
To quote John Donne;
“Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”