Several celebrities have come to cricketer Azam Khan's defence after state-owned channel PTV Sports posted an offensive joke on social media, mocking the cricketer for his weight.
Khan was part of the Pakistan cricket team who recently won against England in the first Twenty20 International at Trent Bridge. While many people took to social media to share their excitement about the team's win, a surprising number of people also posted jokes about Khan and body shamed him.
Even more shockingly, PTV Sports posted an offensive comment about Khan on its Facebook and Instagram pages. A picture of Khan was posted on the PTV Sports timeline along with the caption "He eats a lot but doesn't hit much." The posts have since been deleted.
Many people, including some big name celebrities, criticised PTV Sports for the obnoxious comment.
Actor and composer Haroon Shahid posted a screenshot of the PTV Sports comment on his Instagram story and wrote. "At first I thought this is some fake page running under the name of PTV Sports. To my surprise it wasn't! Is this how we are going to ridicule our players?!"
Actor Ali Ansari also rebuked the channel for the comment.
Actor Adnan Siddiqui strongly criticised PTV Sports and said, "Absolutely disgusting and unacceptable. People at PTV Sports need immediate lessons in sensitivity."
Actor Faizan Shaikh commented on the post to protest against the comment. "Shame on you," he wrote. "Making fun of national players! Body shaming a player who is representing your country on the highest level. No wonder your quality has gone down the drain."
Actor Faysal Quraishi also took to Instagram story to call out the post. "Shame on you," he wrote.
While PTV Sports has deleted the post from their social media pages, they have yet to post an official apology for their rude comment against Khan.
There was quite a bit of body shaming going on on Twitter during the match as well and it seems our entire country could use some sensitivity training. Here's a good rule of thumb — stop commenting on people's bodies.