Twitter's going haywire over Express Entertainment's currently airing TV series Oye Motti and we we want to clear the air about the show. Not because we have any vested interest in the TV show, or correcting the public, but simply because it's gone on too long with no one trying to confirm their (faulty) assumptions.
The entire meltdown originates from one video: the promo for episode nine of Oye Motti.
It sounds pretty awful and not PC at all on its own, but that's the point: it is not meant to be viewed on its own.
People are mad though.
Like, really mad.
Like, really really mad.
Like, really really rea...you get the point.
To be fair though, we knew we'd failed as a country long before the idea for this drama was even conceived.
The ninth episode of the show, starring Kanwal Aftab and Furqan Qureshi, tells the story of a girl whose to-be-husband gives her a strict ultimatum to lose her weight to a desired level, threatening to otherwise call off the wedding. It doesn't look good for the drama so far.
Aftab posted on Instagram about the show and said, "This is one of the projects that I've worked really hard on, and I only did it for those of us who are always subjected to body shaming." She said as a society, "We don't let the overweight live in peace, nor do we let the underweight live in peace."
Her demand was simple, "Be happy, and let others be happy."
The show has been created to highlight the deeply-rooted culture of body shaming in our society. Quite literally the opposite of what Twitter is angry at it for doing. Each episode tells a different story of a young woman who's struggling due to stereotypes associated with what her body looks like.
These could affect young women in their personal and/or work lives, and by bringing about such stories in different contexts on the small screen, the makers are making a case against body shaming.
We'll be honest though, some of the tweets about Oye Motti were hilarious. We've put together a list of our favourites.
Did we mention how funny the OST is? We don't even know how to describe it. All we can say is it's what we would expect to hear at a high priced gym that costs an arm and a leg and fat shames you.
This user agrees.
We hear ya, guys.
The creators are trying to do some good with the show, and it could be disheartening for them to see such reactions on the internet. Though if you're reading this, Mr/Ms creator, we see what you're trying to do and we like it. Body shaming is a problem and there is a long way for us to go as a society in addressing it properly. But what's up with that OST?