Famous celebrities aren’t the only ones having to deal with body-shaming comments online, even real people have to face netizens’ harsh words about their appearance as well.
Recently, in an interview with “Malaysia Hari Ini”, social media influencer Azfar Firdaus (known online as @Azfarovski) took the opportunity to give his two cents on the ongoing topic about cyber-bullying and also body-shaming.
Azfar, along with 2 other guests – fellow influencer Shazwan Zafran (@IbnuShazwan) and actress-comedian Zulin Aziz – were invited to the local talk show to discuss about the issue called “Body-shaming Tak Kelakar (Body-shaming is not funny)”.
For those who don’t know, Azfar has been receiving constant criticism and made fun of by local trolls for his distinct appearance due to his albinism disease. Shazwan is popular among internet users for posting shirtless selfies and also for his recent viral clip – a 25-seconds video showing his buff body with six-pack abs.
The interesting part of the whole session was when the model-activist revealed that Shazwan had actually made fun of him in the past. In this case, Shazwan posted a tweet back in August last year where he tagged Azfar in a news by Astro Awani about an African albino teenager being slaughtered for ritual purposes.
During the chat, Azfar appeared to have recalled about the post made by the 22-year-old. “So, the thing about body-shaming, most people didn’t realise that they feel like their fingers (typing) are invincible. But we don’t know whether if we will be dealing with those who have bullied us in real life. Just like this case,” said Azfar while referring to his case with Shazwan.
Dia delete tweet ni 😏 pic.twitter.com/e2cwN3CM8E
— Assfar (@Bitchlasagna0) October 28, 2019
The 1-minute and 23-seconds clip shared by a user known as @burhan_plays caught the attention of netizens who defended Azfar for standing up for his rights against his former bully. On the other hand, some also criticised him for being unprofessional on live television.
As of today (29th October), the video has received over 1.7 million views on Twitter. Check out some of their reactions below:
I watched the live interview. @Azfarovski was defending himself. Although the truth is bitter to swallow. He must said it to defend other albinos that exists. The guy still cyberbullying him even after the live program. Just see what he tweeted after the interview. unbelievable..
— fynazfynaz (@fynazfynaz) October 28, 2019
Call it whatever you want, dragging or unprofessional. All I see is a real life advocate who shows that we can stand up to bullies and people who can't stand you being just a little different. God knows berapa lama dia sabar dgn org2 cmni. Good job @Azfarovski ! Proud of you!! https://t.co/fE0hvhDjKv
— wanderlust (@syiqa_adam) October 28, 2019
Apparently ramai yang kata Azfar bitter for remembering things like that and calling him out,,,,well if someone threatened to cut me up, you bet your ass I will remember your @ until the end of time pic.twitter.com/jNLD9u7oXm
— 𝐭 𝐡 𝐞 𝐨 𝐩 𝐡 𝐚 𝐧 𝐢 𝐚 (@chingcheongfun) October 28, 2019
— anwarhasaeyo (@NewarAhmad) October 28, 2019
Guys, idc klau you guys nak kata azfar unprofessional ke ape. Tapi this is how you want to attck someone. Face to face, depan depan. Bukan dalam twitter je kemain keyboard warrior tpi depan2 tunjuk baik. Holy shit, i stan @Azfarovski 🤜🏼🤛🏼 https://t.co/Uzzaq4318h
— jidąh (@potatoesxm) October 28, 2019
We hope that all the commotion happening between them can be used as a lesson for everyone on how to use social media platforms wisely in the future.
For those who are interested, check out the full clip of the segment here: