Nasir Khan Jan, who is well known for his humorous videos and has an extensive fan base which is spread throughout Pakistan, was recently called for an interview on Samaa TV during which he was mercilessly bullied.
During the interview, Samaa TV host Muhammed Shoaib ridiculed the social media sensation multiple times, calling his videos vulgar. Responding to Nasir’s comment that he’s a social media star, the host rudely said, “Khud sakta star hain? Log lanatien detain hain, bash kartay hain, log aap se nafrat kartay hain [Are you a self-proclaimed star? People curse you and despise you.]
After repetitive bashing, during which he managed his composure really well, Nasir said, “Trolls are a part of social media; which even the biggest celebrities of social media have to face. You need to accept them.”
The host kept putting Nasir in a spot, constantly implying that his video are incessantly vulgar and unacceptable for any platform. He also kept addressing Nasir in a high-pitched tone, almost screaming at him at times, with no regard for journalism ethics.
Nasir has since released a video message, thanking fans for their support and raising their voices for him. “TV channels that invite people to their shows must show respect to their guests. I didn’t even know these kinds of questions would be asked. I am very thankful to my fans and hope they will continue to support me,” he said.
The question it all comes down to is, how insensitive it is for the host of a well-reputed channel to invite a guest to their show and constantly target and make backhanded jokes at them and their work. If the host really had a problem with Nasir or his work, why did he even invite such a “disliked personality” to their show?
The viewers, as they should, found the host’s demeanor rude and took to social media to voice their concerns:
It’s sad how even after what happened to Qandeel, we still think it’s okay to harass Nasir Khan Jan on national television. So ratings trump basic human decency now?
— Parisey 🌈 (@PariseyTariq) May 7, 2019
Tbh @SAMAATV should apologise for the tone their morning show host took with Nasir Khan Jan. What on earth is ‘aap ye response bardasht karain’ supposed to mean? He doesn’t owe you shit.
— Furqan Shayk (@FurqanShayk) May 7, 2019
What a disgusting group of individuals trying to shame #NasirKhanJan. If you don’t like what he is, don’t invite him to your show. Taher Shah, Qandeel Baloch & now Nasir Khan Jan – we make fun of them b/c they are easy targets. https://t.co/4cHgCXBTpP
— Mahwash Ajaz (@mahwashajaz_) May 7, 2019
@SAMAATV Kindly call all the Pakistani actors who have been on TV or in films shirtless and make the same host talk to them in the tone that he did with Nasir Khan Jan. If not, make the host apologize publicly on national television to Nasir Khan Jan pic.twitter.com/kABt1306pj
— Bushra Joyo-Gandhi (@filmyjoyo) May 7, 2019
Let’s identify that our real problem with people like Nasir Khan Jan and Qandeel Baloch is a socio-economic one. The same things done by rich celebrities is somehow tolerable but God forbid someone from a different social class tries to sing, dance or celebrate their bodies
— Manal Faheem Khan (@ManalFaheemKhan) May 7, 2019
@mshoaib336 Dear Shoaib, before teaching Nasir Khan Jan about vulgarity, entertainment and blogging. I wish someone had taught ethics, moral and basic manners regarding how to speak to guests specially when you’re trying to earn through their presence. (1/2)
— Murtaza Jafry ツ (@murtaza_jafry) May 6, 2019
All of this did prompt host Muhammed Shoaib to respond:
I respect criticism and silence is my best response. Watch complete show, Live session afterwards and then follow haters. Simple 🙂
— Muhammad Shoaib (@mshoaib336) May 7, 2019
There’s also a petition going around on social media calling for Samaa TV to issue a public apology to Nasir. Here, check out the interview and let us know what you think: