My commentary is on the sudden right-wing ‘shift’: Armeena Khan

Actor, who spoke up against artists using religion to advance careers, assured she was not making personal attacks

Entertainment Desk October 07, 2021

Armeena Rana Khan, who recently shared her feelings about extremism playing its way into Pakistan’s entertainment industry, has clarified that she was not targeting any specific artist.

The actor had shared in a tweet on Wednesday, “Advancing acting careers using religious extremism seems to be quite the ‘in’ thing these days.” She then asked with a giggling emoji, “Can’t make it without huh?”

The Bin Roye star elaborated on her jibe in another tweet saying, “I’ve also observed that no matter what religion you follow, if you’re an extremist then your interpretation of that religion will also be extreme.” On the contrary, she reinstated how a “well-balanced person” will interpret their religion with just that; “balance.”

Now, agitated by the parallels being drawn, the actor has assured that she was not referring to any artist in particular. “I’m really disliking the fact that my tweets are being attributed to specific artists,” she tweeted. “Please bear in mind that I have not named anyone nor do I indulge in personal attacks. That is not my style. My commentary is on the general, sudden right-wing ‘shift’.”

Earlier, when a social media user sharing Armeena's views, quipped, "Unfortunately it still doesn’t seem to be working for Sadaf and Shahroz. Both only seem to be working in terrible dramas," she clarified, "See I’m not making a comment on individuals.” The starlet added, “I never do but rather on the trend as a whole. The damage being inflicted on the public for short term gains is astronomical. It is alarming to watch, quite frankly, how brazenly this is being done."

A few netizens had even accused her of using "western white feminism" – if that's even a thing – to gain popularity. "What an imperialist mindset!" mocked a user. In response, Armeena tackled, "I don’t expect people like you to understand and neither should you engage with me. Thanks."

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