Folk rock band The Sketches also drops out of Lux Style Awards

Folk rock band The Sketches also drops out of Lux Style Awards

"Our reason is simply based on our values and principles, which, we will not bend for any award," says the band.
Updated 24 Apr, 2019

Sufi folk rock band The Sketches is dropping out of the Lux Style Awards.

The band, which has been nominated in four categories (Best Song, Best Playback Singer, Best Original Soundtrack and Singer Of The Year), has said it has decided to withdraw from the LSA race in a press statement on Tuesday night. Their decision follows the withdrawal of model Eman Suleman, clothing brand Generation, makeup artist Saima Bargfrede and singer Meesha Shafi.

"Our reason is simply based on our values and principles, which, we will not bend for any award," said the band in its statement.

Talking about its desire to support Pakistan's #MeToo movement, the band said, "What started as just one voice, has now become a wave. Women all around the world have been standing up to build a peaceful world free of toxic masculinity, sexism, and sexual harassment.

"Even after being silenced, threatened, mistreated, and judged, women in Pakistan are rising too. They are stepping down from LSA because they stand with survivors of sexual harassment. Without passing judgment on any individual's character, the band considers it our responsibility to applaud & encourage these brave women to speak and be heard."

The band further emphasised its support to harassment victims, saying, "The Sketches remains a vibrant voice for the subjugated and victimised. Our audiences and fans have witnessed songs like Meena, Bhora Marham, Raat, and An Ode to a Liberated Woman, which were inspired by the same principles. Today, we have become a voice for the marginalised, especially of victims of sexual harassment, and we stand in support of all survivors of gender based violence."

The Sketches were also critical about the inclusion of an alleged sexual harasser in the LSA nominees, "We will collectively stand together to challenge the current social norm that sexual abuse and misconduct can be swept under the carpet for an award or a few minutes of fame. The moment stands as a question mark for all individuals and organisations to decide whether they stand with the oppressed or the oppressor.

"As artists and more so human beings, we strive through our art, to build a more respectful and just society. We cannot do this if we put our conscience aside for cash or credits. We hold no personal grudge or bias against LSA and its attendees."

Read the band's full statement here:


ABC Apr 24, 2019 10:08am
It happens when you know that you are not going to get any awar, then why not cheap publicity on the back of a lie
waheed Apr 24, 2019 10:35am
Kudos to you guys for a principled stance.
Rafat Apr 24, 2019 11:59am
The Sketches, you guys are amazing. Thank you very much for showing courage and being true to your values.
Rashid Siddique Parhyar Apr 24, 2019 12:04pm
@ABC How can u judge someone's intention? This simply indicates how pathetic you are!
The Right Left Apr 24, 2019 12:17pm
We need to step back and really consider before jumping on the bandwagon just because its fashionable and the 'cool' thing to do. What is the expectation from agencies, companies and individuals in such scenarios ? Should we not wait for the truth of the matter to be cleared before starting to shun, name and blame the accessed ?
sab Apr 24, 2019 12:23pm
Jury is still out on Ali Zafar-Meena Shafi episode. Wait for the court verdicts. Condemning anyone before the court decides is vigilantism. Metoo movement will suffer because of such attitude.
Mubashir Apr 24, 2019 02:01pm
@sab very true
Laila Apr 25, 2019 03:53am
LOVE this. THIS - is real Pakistan and real men. Thats how it is done. You only have to stand up and support your women. Thank you, gentlemen. Naya Pakistan...we are rising and I am immensely proud of our women and men on the right side of history. Keep the flame burning.
majid Apr 29, 2019 09:44am
Is it all about Ali zafar/Meesha Shafi case?