Actor Haroon Shahid falls short of apologising for ‘joking’ about #MeToo

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Singer-cum-actor Haroon Shahid fell short of apologising for what he termed a “bad joke” after he made light of the #MeToo movement.

Haroon, who made his film debut with Verna — a movie about a rape survivor seeking justice — quoted a tweet about journalist Gul Bukhari being hit with a shoe and said, “A couple from my side as well please. Mein maroon ga to #MeToo hojai ga! (If I hit her, it’ll become a #MeToo issue)”.

Haroon Shahid@HaroonsMusic

A couple from my side as well please. Mein maroon ga to hojai ga!

Baji Please@BajiPlease

I saw Gul Bukhari in my dream, and man, I slapped her with a chappal in my hand. I was awesome.

People were quick to call out Haroon for his problematic tweet after which he issued multiple apologies but none of them satisfactory.

Haroon defended his “bad joke” by quoting a controversial tweet by Bokhari regarding Imran Khan’s alleged use of ‘botox’. But since when do two wrongs make a right?

Haroon Shahid@HaroonsMusic

I apologize for my bad joke. Hope you guys garner an apology from her for this. Oh wait…. was this even a joke??? 🤔

Gul Bukhari

@GulBukhari

This is an untouched photograph of Imran Khan on a day he hadn’t botoxed for a few weeks,or worn his dark glasses.

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🌻@KalashanKauf

Privileged morons like him are the reason why no one takes movements like seriously in Pakistan. https://twitter.com/HaroonsMusic/status/1025314433155903488 

Haroon Shahid@HaroonsMusic

Frankly, it was a political comment but I agree my joke was out of line.

Aliza@alizasukhera

Your tweet was also unfair, nahi? Warna prove me otherwise please.

Haroon Shahid@HaroonsMusic

Long story short. It was a bad joke that made me feel better about how Gul Bukhari was spewing crap about IK. I read a lot of other horrific tweets about her. This one seemed like a harmless joke. Didn’t know it would be taken this way. Hence, bad joke.

Twitter users continued to point out to Haroon that ‘joking’ about abuse is not okay.

Haroon Shahid@HaroonsMusic

I apologize for my bad joke. Hope you guys garner an apology from her for this. Oh wait…. was this even a joke??? 🤔 https://twitter.com/GulBukhari/status/1024361366759661569 

juwayriyya@sulkmonstre

cute how you think joking about domestic abuse and making fun of a politician allegedly getting botox are the same thing.

Haroon Shahid@HaroonsMusic

I apologize for my bad joke. Hope you guys garner an apology from her for this. Oh wait…. was this even a joke??? 🤔 https://twitter.com/GulBukhari/status/1024361366759661569 

zainab 🌙@zainabmsheikh

you’re allowed to criticise people without resorting to ridiculing real issues and real movements that have real life consequences. don’t try to bring in your friends to vouch for your character when u can’t even exhibit the decency enough to not “joke” about assault/harassment

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