By Hina Anjum: Singer Komal Rizvi’s selfie with ailing philanthropist and humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi has now become one of the most controversial selfies for people of Pakistan. This time, maybe, selfie went too far. Or maybe, you just need to step back and take a look at the other side of the picture.
People expressed anger and disappointment against Komal’s controversial selfie because they didn’t like Rizvi clicking the camera cheerfully while Edhi appeared unwell. Basically, we have come to a point where we are left wondering how “selfie culture” has turned us into something worse.
The selfies might have eroded our humanity, but the controversial selfie that earned her the scorn of social media was one side of the story. Let me tell you that there’s always another side to a story, and in seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story.
Internet has been trolling Komal Rizvi! Memes of Komal’s controversial selfie with Edhi are going viral on social media. But I want you to ask yourself one simple question: Is it fair enough to draw a conclusion based on hearing only one side of a story? Open your eyes and let your inner wisdom inform you. Let your common sense, not your anger, take over in how you respond to this controversial selfie.
Do you know what Dr. Abdul Sattar Edhi had to say about Komal Rizvi’s visit? He said, “I am thankful to KOMAL RIZVI she came to me and enquired my health and encouraged me. Her humanitarian emotions are praised.”
To let people know the other side of the story, Komal responded to the criticism on Facebook saying:
“The controversial Selfie with Edhi” I walked into his office with his grandchildren and his face lit up with a… http://t.co/72T3xiDGx6
“I share this personal visit with you and the conversations we had briefly because I believe that my selfie with Edhi Sahab is possibly the greatest and best selfie I have ever taken,” said Komal.
“Both Edhi Sahab and I were happy taking it. We were laughing and joking and singing and talking about other celebrity visits and how I can possibly participate in the future with their foundation.”
“I am ALSO EXTREMELY disappointed with how nasty, negative, and lazy and hypocritical some people in Pakistan are. To take such an innocent and beautiful thing and turn it into something ugly,” she wrote.
You know what happens when you only hear one side of the story? To not see the whole is to not see the truth. It’s true that once a selfie is posted online, you can then never control how other people see you. But whatsoever, one should never jump to the most obvious conclusion just by knowing the one side of the story. Step back and look at the bigger picture. It may be helpful. Just Maybe! After all, in the end, it all depends on the choices you make.