Controversy after another has marred the Lux Style Awards ever since they announced their nominations. It all started when bold and audacious Eman Suleman, a model and social activist took to Instagram and shared a video declaring her withdrawal from the LSA nominations for “Best Emerging Talent category owing to the fact that she doesn’t wish to share the honor with an alleged harasser; embarrassing the MeToo movement.
Later on, Pakistani clothing brand Generation and renowned makeup artist Saima Bargfrede also refused their nominations as the two accord well with the harassment victims of the MeToo movement. Both the names showed their solidarity with the harassment victims. Generation was nominated for “Achievement in Fashion Design (pret)”, whereas Saima Bargfrede had been nominated for the category of “Best Hair and Makeup”.
GENERATION will not attend this year’s Lux Style Awards where the brand has been nominated for Achievement in Fashion Design (pret), due to the inclusion of a nominee that has been repeatedly accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women.https://t.co/kPsYBzcbpl…
— GENERATION (@GENERATION_PK) April 22, 2019
They believe a music superstar who is an alleged sexual predator is part of the nominations, which seems a slap on the face of all victims.
Earlier this week, one of the victims of #MeToo, singer Meesha Shafi also took to Twitter. She requested the concerned authorities to withdraw her song “Mein” from the “Best Song” category. In a note that posted on Social Media titled “To all Concerned”, she showed her gratitude to her supporters. Also, she requested the withdrawal of her nominated song.
— MEESHA SHAFI (@itsmeeshashafi) April 23, 2019
Last night, Sufi Rock band The Sketches also followed suit and announced to withdraw their nominations. The categories include Best Song, Singer, OST, and Playback Singer.
— हसीम • Haseem • حسیم (@haseemuzzaman) April 24, 2019
Here’s the official statement by the band: