‘I’m a liberal, woke feminist’: If you don’t like Armeena Khan’s social media content, you can ‘look elsewhere’

‘I’m a liberal, woke feminist’: If you don’t like Armeena Khan’s social media content, you can ‘look elsewhere’

The actor clapped back at people using religion to try to school her and other women online.
10 Aug, 2022

It’s not always possible to ignore hate on social media, especially for public figures and celebrities. Actor Armeena Khan certainly isn’t putting up with misogyny and hate and took to Instagram to expose comments on social media directed towards to her as well as other women.

On Tuesday, the actor shared screenshots of comments she had seen online where a user criticised someone for the way they dressed. It escalated to someone judging her faith and saying that, as a practicing Muslim, she “should cover” herself.

When a user called their style of dressing “cheap” and claimed that by “exposing” themselves, these women were inviting comments, Khan responded, “Even iblees [the devil] has minions, and so it is with all evil. This is an example of a dark soul, who enables misogyny to remain. Imagine, if something happened to her own future daughter or a member of her family. We’ve only just seen a viral video of a burka clad woman groped in the street and the man in the question remains at large. I doubt this is anything to do with clothing but more with mindsets.” Her words came with a disclaimer that the comment was aimed at someone else.

But her commentary was met with multiple critical DMs, including one saying that “Islamic education is must for everyone”.

“As a Muslim, why are you on Instagram? I don’t understand. For example, if you don’t drink why are you in a pub? If you’re so Islamic get off this non’Muslim owned enterprise if it so offends you so and go be a ‘proper’ Muslim,” she replied.

She added, “The truth is most of you are just cultists and demand rights you others.”

Another comment pointed fingers at Pakistani actors stepping in to defend Indian actors to which Khan responded that the person had initially spoken about ageing. “I agree with her because even here, an actor after a certain age is sidelined. But it’s not your fault, perhaps you don’t have enough exposure or thought process to understand the depth of the given topic.”

She ended that the people she aimed at understood her point. She justified her response by issuing a statement that she has the right to put out her opinions just as much as the users who have the right not to consume those opinions. “But please make no mistake, I’m a liberal, feminist, woke (whatever labels you wish to endow me with) plus a constructive, tolerant, contributing member of my society. My views are in accordance with global principles and values,” she wrote.

Khan also said that she is very vocal on social causes so if anyone finds it unpalatable then she’s afraid most of them will find “this space extremely hostile”. The Bin Roye actor suggested that people look elsewhere if they want individuals that cater to their specific world view.

This is not the first time the actor has checked her DMs and responded to haters very publicly. Previously, Khan had dropped facts about the Aurat March for a follower who seemed confused about the movement itself. “People may associate this march to be a waste of time but this is exactly the kind of voice we need, to shake up the decision-makers and the leaders. More voice [means] more pressure on the authorities to prioritise cases of domestic violence and femicide, to at least provide justice and authority,” she said.


Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Aug 10, 2022 01:23pm
Welcome to the club and the clubhouse. As always, keep it up and hang on tough.
M Emad Aug 10, 2022 01:28pm
Most Pakistani feminists 'active' only in International Women's Day.
Soniye tu auder te la Aug 10, 2022 01:54pm
She needs to lose weight. Just saying.
NYS Aug 10, 2022 02:48pm
Why don't she come to Pakistan and appeal countrywide
Ali Aug 10, 2022 03:35pm
Another attention seeker
IMRAN ULLAH AWAN Aug 10, 2022 05:15pm
This is a free world & everyone is entitled to do whatever he thinks is right. No one is a small child, everyone knows what is better for him. So, live & let live. Time will itself decide who is right & who is wrong.
Ahmed Aug 10, 2022 07:46pm
What are you contributing?
Anonymouseee Aug 10, 2022 10:01pm
Who is she again?
A Bostonian Aug 10, 2022 11:10pm
@Anonymouseee, no idea mate.
Rehana Bounse Aug 11, 2022 01:44am
@M Emad No ! They’re not. Educate yourself
Jigen.m19 Aug 11, 2022 03:08am
@Anonymouseee no idea.
Ehsan Aug 11, 2022 05:30am
Stay strong and keep flourishing
Tariq Aug 11, 2022 10:16am
I support her. Most Pakistani women are liberals which I like. Pakistani women are smart and responsible and more modern then men want them to be.