With the entire world tensely scrutinizing the developments in Jammu and Kashmir, social media has been a hotbed for discourse and dissent. However, some who have chosen to keep quiet about it is also facing the ire of Twitterati.
Actor Jameela Jamil recently attracted a lot of criticism after she took to social media about her "silence" on the matter.
"Many keep asking me to discuss the deeply unsettling situation in Kashmir," she writes in a long post on Twitter. "But I can't because I am not from there, I have never been there, I have no family there, I only know what I read and that involves a multitude of very different opinions on the matter".
I speak not from any place of cowardice, but from a place of not wanting to make anything worse from a place of any ignorance. (And stop asking me to comment on Priyanka. I’m not interested in such an important topic being reduced to an unhelpful, manipulated, media cat-fight) pic.twitter.com/jsyrQpzGX1 — Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) August 12, 2019
She went on to say that it would be unwise of her to comment on such a sensitive matter as she had no specific expertise or first-hand knowledge. "I have too big of a platform to say something just to say something," she said. She further added that she supported civilians and their safety. "I condemn all harm of civilians, I condemn all nuclear war," she added. "It would be irresponsible to speak without having an expert opinion in this," the British actor said. However, many on Twitter found her stand offensive.
I’m also not from Kashmir but I have opinions about war mongering and people getting bombed. It’s not...great! Reducing this to a media catfight really takes the cake. I respect one’s choice to not speak about things one doesn’t know but if you’re going to speak...say something — Aminatou Sow (@aminatou) August 12, 2019
One doesn’t need to belong to Kashmir, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Sudan (&so on) to condemn the atrocities taking place there. The internet can provide you an unbiased information if you want some. @jameelajamil , I thought youre better than this.. https://t.co/f3lO0vcjnt — Z (@ZayHussain) August 13, 2019
Sources of information are available here, added by members of the community affected. https://t.co/OSSlWFa2ns — Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) August 13, 2019
However, the criticism did not stop there. She posted a video regarding the backlash she was facing and urged people to not encourage people who are not experts to speak on sensitive matters, just so that they have something to say.
Calling it a "new obsession" of people to expect their "pop-culture icons" to comment on matters of global politics, war and genocide, she said that most celebrities were not experts on such matters and should not really be commenting without knowing or understanding the history, politics and social structures of a place.
I’m sick at home and can’t be bothered to tweet any further. This is my last word on the pressure mounting on us to speak publicly about #kashmir please feel free to unfollow me if you have an issue with my stance of not speaking out further. I’m leaving this to experts. Peace. X pic.twitter.com/6eJAldpSXn — Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) August 13, 2019
Jamil has also been repeatedly asked to comment on actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas's response to a Pakistani girl who recently slammed Chopra s a hypocrite at an event in Los Angeles for "encouraging" war against Pakistan, despite being UNICEF's goodwill ambassador.
Jameel refused to comment on Chopra's statement, accusing Twitter of trying to start a "Cat-fight" instead.