Popular VJ and host Mathira has come to actor Iman Aly's defense after the latter attracted immense online backlash for her gender-insensitive comments towards the transgender community.
Main Hoon Shahid Afridi actor took to Instagram and urged the public to cut Iman some slack. Mathira said:
“I don’t know why words like ‘khusra’ or ‘maasi’ are used to insult someone. They’re not swears, please. Iman is a very pretty lady and she needs help mentally. But to all the people, don’t use these words like swears; it’s not right.”
Mathira asserted that sometimes it is best to forgive people and overlook their flaws:
“Mental health is a major concern in our society and the people who are trolling her [Aly] in the comments section are the same people who must have used these terms to insult others too. Please stop highlighting this when it’s evident she is walking on thin ice mentally.”
Iman Aly had angered her fans and social media users when she made an appearance on a local TV talk show.
In her interview, the Bol actor talked about her life after marriage, her perception of her own beauty, and keeping a low profile on social media. She also spoke about her struggle with body image issues and how she doesn't find herself beautiful.
"I do not like the way I look. And especially when I receive compliments from people that I am good looking, I stand in front of my mirror and think 'they are lying," the 40-year-old former model said.
When host Vasay Chahudary asked if she ever thought about changing the mirror, she responded:
"I would need to change my camera as well then. I can not take my own pictures. Whatever angle I try, I think 'aye haye, khusra'."
After Aly's comments went viral, transgender activist and researcher Aisha Mughal urged celebrities like Iman to act more responsibly toward the marginalized segments of the society:
"The celebrities should act in a responsible way while giving interviews. @ImanAli0 if you think you are ugly, fine, BUT do not relate ugliness with Khusra or Transgender persons. We are beautiful, strong, successful, and productive citizens of Pakistan."