By Yasser Latif Hamdani
Strong title? Well I suggest you read Talat Hussain’s ridiculous piece in an Urdu newspaper.
To respond to his article: Angelina Jolie is a hundred times more respectable than you . She has done more for this country than you will do in another 5 lifetimes.
However I am more worried about Dawn TV. Dawn News – when it was in English- was the only hope for sanity and good sense in journalism in Pakistan. Then it went Urdu and it still maintained a standard above that of other channels like Aaj and Geo.
Now it seems that Dawn News has finally succumbed to the temptations of advertising revenue and is bringing on board this strange character. As a long time Dawn reader, I would like to appeal to Dawn administration to reconsider their decision to hire a journalist like Talat Hussain given the kind of nonsense he has written in a rag. After all if NPR could fire Juan Williams so could Dawn.
Also posted is a scathing piece by Tazeen.
Ever since I saw the op-ed piece
by Syed Talat Hussein
in an Urdu Daily about Angelina Jolie, I have this ‘I told you so’ smirk on my face. Unlike most Pakistanis, I was never fooled by Mr. Hussein’s façade of urbanity. Quite a few of my friends and acquaintances (you know who you are) were taken in by his persona but I always knew that underneath the suit and the blow dried hair lives a man as primitive as those who consider honor killing and stoning of women as part of our heritage.
For those who still don’t know what happened, Syed Talat Hussein wrote an op-ed piece
in an Urdu Daily about Angelina Jolie where he first called her a dirty slut and then said, in no uncertain terms, that he does not find her attractive. His was a fairly detailed and vicious tirade with such great gems (naa jisam mein jawani kaa saroor tha) thrown in that one can safely assume that if Dawn fires him after this op-ed (I know, it is wishful thinking on my part) he can make it big as chauvinist and sexist Urdu soft porn writer.
I don’t want to go into detail about how dreadfully malicious, presumptuous, factually incorrect and appalling his article was as two esteemed bloggers Kalakawa
have done a great job of cutting him down to size for making up shit against Ms Jolie. However I want to focus on just one part of what he passed off as an op-ed piece. He wrote that if Articles 62 & 63 of Pakistani constitution are invoked against Ms. Jolie, she, or rather her ‘reputation’ would not be able to pass muster. I hate to break it to you Mr. Hussein, but Article 62 and 63
define the criteria for membership of Parliament in Pakistan. As Ms Jolie is not contesting for a seat in any of the legislative bodies, her character or lack of it does not really matter.
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