People around the world are currently keeping an eye on Afghanistan after the militant group Taliban regained control in the country following US troops withdrawal. The seizure in power has sparked concern and many including Malaysian celebrities have asserted their opinion and views regarding the matter of concern.
Although it is great that our celebrities are aware of ongoing issues around the world, some netizen pointed out their selectivity in choosing to speak up about certain things. “We don’t need to argue or criticise what people want to upload. It is up to them,” remarked Elfira Loy after being asked about her views on some artists who are selective in voicing out their opinions.
She was asked by a netizen during her Q&A IG session after the netizen pointed out that some celebrities were eager to speak up about Palestinian issues but decided to keep mum about the problem in Afghanistan. According to the actress, she said that it was up to the celebrities involved to upload what they intend to share on their socials.
She further stated that as a celebrity and public figure, they need to bear the consequences of their own commentary and actions. She also wrote that until now she has not uploaded any posts regarding the Taliban or Afghanistan issues. She took a lesson from what happened to a celebrity friend who was warned by her followers for sharing Taliban-related issues.
“I saw one celebrity posted a Taliban-related issue. Then a follower wrote a comment asking the celebrity to be careful when uploading posts on non-Taliban related matters. So I kind of hesitated for a moment. I’m confused, scared, but what is currently happening to the people of Afghanistan is so frustrating. The world is definitely sick,” her IG Stories on Tuesday (17th August) wrote.
In related news, actress and TV personality Diana Danielle recently posted Taliban-related news on her Instagram particularly regarding Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban. The post drew the attention of netizens with many disagreeing with the actress’s views on the militant group.
Some of the netizens with opposing views started debating with the actress in the Instagram comment section. There were also netizens who advised Diana not to rely on the Western news and some cited the story of a journalist who was once a Taliban prisoner as a comparison to make a point that the militant group is not what they are portrayed to be.
The actress then concludes her statement by stating that, “This is my personal perspective, and as for the news of Taliban taking over Afghanistan, it is too soon to even make of their uprising whether or not they will be just a few or many lives that will suffer. So keep watching and we’ll soon find out.”
To each their own, connoting that every person is entitled to their own preference or opinion so while it is good to have a healthy discussion, it is also best if we can stay respectful and not condemn those who appear to be silent.
Source: Astro Gempak