The PSL opening ceremony took place on Wednesday and was met with mixed reviews.
While attendees really enjoyed the fireworks display towards the end, many did not enjoy the performances, complaining the show was lip-synced and poorly delivered. Many also disliked host Ahmed Godil's performance. According to them, Fakhr-e-Alam saved the show when he took over hosting duties.
Now, to dislike a performance is one thing, heck, even joking about it works to some extent as memes on Twitter would confirm. But to be outright cruel and bash a person while bullying and harassing them, is another level of hate. And according to Godil, he's been facing all of this since yesterday.
Speaking at morning show Naya Din, Ahmed spoke up about what he's had to deal with since.
Godil revealed he was never meant to be the official host of the ceremony.
"I am a ground host. I've been one for the last two years (and been hosting several shows for the past five) and my job is to keep the audience engaged. I'm hosting all the Karachi matches. Like when there's an out or a sixer, I get the audience to cheer. That is it."
"We've been rehearsing for the past three days. The show was supposed to be 55 minutes max... But there were some delays, as there usually are. Plus, people were there from 4pm and the show was going to start after 6pm."
He added, "My job was to be on stage before the ceremony kicks off... before it goes on air. I was just supposed to keep the audience active and engaged till we we broadcast the opening. I was never the host of the ceremony. I was never meant to be the host. Fakhr-e-Alam was always the host. I didn't even know the broadcast had begun because I just had the slot before the show itself."
Unfortunately for Ahmed, he became the subject of mockery and things took a sour turn as the humour went from silly memes to straight up bullying.
"I am just a host. What was I supposed to do? Take my clothes off and dance? I've been a host for a long time. I've hosted shows for Atif Aslam in America. I've done this before, I didn't just come out of nowhere. But what did I do so wrong?"
Facing the camera, he pleaded with the audience, "At least leave my mother and sisters out of this. Keep my family out of it."
"What mistake did I make? I haven't slept all night. For the past two days, we'd come home at 5am and then reach by 10am to continue work. Where did I go wrong? Did I misbehave on stage? Did I curse or swear at someone? What do you all want? I am so hurt."
To show the severity of the harrying he is facing he pulled out his phone and shared, "My phone is on flight mode since last night. My number has been leaked."
"I'm not a celebrity, I don't see myself as one. I just want to entertain people. If I've been blessed with this opportunity to make you smile even for a minute, I'm happy. But that doesn't mean I be subjected to so much hate and anger."