Saboor Aly clears the controversy on window cleaner video
Pakistan television actresses Saboor Aly and Saheefa recently met with a backlash on posting a video of a staffer cleaning a window as social media users criticised them for making a mockery and influencing classism.
The video circulating on social media was taken from Saboor Aly’s Instagram stories in which the two actresses can be seen laughing and commenting “Kya kya khwab leke iss ki maa ne is ko ghar se bejha tha” while co-star Affan Waheed remained reluctant in contributing to their humor.
Although Saboor Aly came forward to clarify her stance, stating that the staffer was their assistant director with whom they often joked with, social media users did not find her justification reasonable.
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This video went viral on social media, it’s the #SaboorAly Instagram story and trolling on window cleaner guy ! It wasn’t intentionally created but as Saboor says he is our AD assistant director and we used to make fun each other . But dear Saboor what if he or any one else could make such video of yours with out permission and post on their Instagram what will your reaction ??? You are giving reference of Quran means you are Justifying rather than accepting you made a mistake by recording such video ! And is this assistant director job to clean window or serve tea on set ??? You are dragging director and the team as well ! Do not teach us how to report and make news Focus on your acting and talk sensible even if it’s a joke . If this was inside joke then why you showed on social media ! But what we see in this video #Affanwaheed talks so sensible “Mehnat Kar Raha hai”.
The jokes made by Saboor Aly (primarily) and Saheefa indicate class privilege and further strengthening of the gap between different strata of the society. Even if it’s your own time, when you’re relaxed and having fun, you need to be mindful of what you say. 4/
— हसीम • Haseem • حسیم 🏳️🌈 (@haseemuzzaman) May 10, 2019
I have a question .. Even if the guy is AD and saboor’s friend. She and her friend saheefa were making fun of the fact that he has to clean the windows. That means cleaning is a bad profession/job according to them and worth laughing at?? SICKKKK Saboor Aly Saheefa
— ریما (@SyapaaGirl) May 10, 2019
Distasteful comments from Saboor Aly & Saheefa Jabbar Khattak mocking a window cleaner. Tons of respect to #AffanWaheed who simply turned around & said the window cleaner is working hard. We need to take a long hard look at our behavior when we claim we are ‘artists’.
— Mahwash Ajaz (@mahwashajaz_) May 11, 2019
Doesn’t matter whether Saboor/Saheefa knew him or not or the guy was AD or a Window Cleaner, the joke reeked of classism. If it really was an inside joke, it shouldn’t have been posted on the social media at all. Should have thought of it before crying foul over the backlash.
— Humayoun Ahmed Khan (@HumayounAK) May 10, 2019
Disgusted to the core … Aisay perhay likhay “ameer” aur “fankaar” logo’n say insaan mazdoor or Shareef behter… pic.twitter.com/CgOx99n76a
— madeha naqvi (@madehanaqvi) May 10, 2019
In a lengthy post on social media, Saboor Aly addressed all her critics about the inside joke.
“No where have we called him a window cleaner or made fun of any specific profession. What was an inside joke with an individual, has been portrayed as an insult of the profession which was never the intention nor a fact even in the content that’s still on my social media. Frankly these are just not the values I have been brought up with.”
“All I will humbly say in the end is – next time you point your finger on someone’s actions or words – especially when you are looking at them in isolation and not the whole picture – think and be responsible. Don’t just do it for the followers, likes, and engagement.”
So I just heard that my Instagram story has gone viral for all the wrong reasons. I will just share my two-bit on the situation for now. pic.twitter.com/YifQrrASTG
— Saboor Aly (@Saboor_Aly) May 10, 2019
Saheefa also came forward expressing disbelief in being able to convince the critics.
“I’ll fail, I’ll miserably fail, but I won’t be able to clear the air and explain my side out,” she wrote on her Instagram.