Actor Yasir Hussain is under fire for his insensitive and tone deaf response to a comment on his Instagram post.
He posted a series of photos of him dressed up as a transgender person for his new project Help Me Durdana in which he plays a transgender person. The telefilm will be released on Eid.
Someone commented on the photo series and asked why the producers hadn’t cast an actual transgender person in the role. Hussain replied and asked whether the the person who commented wanted the job instead.
People didn’t take his ‘joke’ well and he is being slammed on social media for belittling the issue. Others have also called for the role to be taken away from him because he isn’t sensitive to the issues faced by the transgender community.
Yasir hussain is playing a role of transgender in some drama and this guy asked an important question.
and look at the response of this so called educated celebs, why most of them are shit? pic.twitter.com/LZG8jzLIQE
— Anas Tipu (@teepusahab) April 27, 2019
No part of the drama industry is actually about raising awareness regarding social issues. It is purely for entertainment. Yasir Hussain made that very clear.
— Mahnoor Amjad (@_whatisthisshit) April 28, 2019
People like Yasir Hussain should be condemned for such terrible jokes. Yasir makes a joke by calling the other person a transgender while portraying a powerful role. It shows exactly why he should not be doing this role. What a loser. @Xadeejournalist @MJibranNasir @Razarumi pic.twitter.com/M9QdiaoiZI
— Raamael Arif Mahmood (@RaamaelM) April 28, 2019
This isn’t the first time Hussain has been under fire for an insensitive comment. He was blasted for a joke he made about child molestation at the Hum Awards in Lahore in 2017.
After Ahsan Khan accepted the award for Best Actor In A Negative Role for his performance as villain in child sexual abuse drama Udaari, Hussain said: “Itna khoobsurat child molester, kaash mein bhi bacha hota [what a beautiful child molester, if only I was also a child]”.