There has been a lot of bad press for Pakistani dramas on the internet the last couple of months, from getting called out for glorifying violence to ones calling them out for perpetuating terrible stereotypes and ridiculous plots. Our list of shows to avoid just got longer with the addition of drama Main Aisi Kiun Hun shaming girl having curly hair.
Starring Noor Zafar Khan and Syed Jibran, the first episode of the show start off with the latter hating on how his wife’s natural hair looks. Clips from the episode have gone viral on social media.
“We met quite a lot before we got married, probably 40 or 50 times to understand each other before taking a decision as huge as marriage,” says Jibran. “If you had shown up as you have right now in front of me in those 40 to 50 meetings, I would not have married you.”
“Your hair in its natural state makes you look ugly, and I never wanted to marry someone who is unattractive,” he snaps. He then claimed to have been “cheated” and said Khan “trapped me by hiding your ugliness away from me”.
“I have been regretting it for the past six years and on top of that, it is my bad luck that my daughter also inherited this [curly hair] from you,” the actor says in the drama. “I am a husband to a woman with ugly hair and a father to a daughter with the same hair, have you thought how this hurts me? If I was able to take back any decision I ever made it would’ve been saying yes to you.”
Take a look at the clip:
The drama also features a scene with Khan straightening her daughter’s curly hair in order to please her husband. In addition to the obvious emotional damage that comes with telling a child (or anyone) that their natural hair is not beautiful, it is not advised to use straighteners on children’s hair because they can ruin it.
Netizens voice their disapproval of the curly hair shaming in the drama
Considering the world is moving towards accepting and loving oneself, why is the Pakistani drama industry so hellbent on giving us more reasons to feel insecure?
Writers need to stop wasting their time on hair texture, skin tone, height, and weight and instead write better scripts. Shaming someone for their hair texture is simply bizarre and has to stop.
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