‘Do you view your mother as a fly?’ Fiza Ali reprimands Adnan Siddiqui over sexist remarks

Mahnoor Jalal

Mahnoor Jalal


Adnan Siddiqui is still buzzing around the mainstream news after his sexist remarks on 5th April when on a television show, he compared women to house flies. The internet was shocked by this comment, and which led to the actor swiftly apologising in a post on his Instagram stories.

Actress Fiza Ali went on her morning show ‘Morning with Fiza’ to slam the comment and criticised the ‘Mom’ actor for having a prominent platform and yet using it to spew misogynist remarks.

““As a woman, I am upset,” said the morning show host. “This was a comment about women, and being a woman, I need to speak up about this. Adnan Siddiqui: You called women a fly, but you need to remember that you are a prominent public figure. You really need to think hard before you speak.”

The actress went on to question if Adnan had little respect for the women in his life in the same way he did not respect other women by comparing them to flies. She urged the ‘Meray Pass Tum Ho’ actor to apologise to all women by uploading a video.

“You have made these comments about women, but remember, you have women in your life. Do you view your mother as a fly? Your sister? Your daughter? If she goes out in the world to study, and some other guy says she is just like a fly, how would that make you feel? Would you like it?”

However, controversial screenwriter Khalil ul Rehman Qamar came to the actor’s defence in an interview with SA Times, saying the ‘Mom’ actor may have been trying to say something else but instead offended the audience.

“He’s a decent man I know him,” said the ‘Teri Meri Kahaniyaan’ screenwriter. “He can’t say anything offensive. What happens sometimes is that when you’re trying to express an idea, you don’t have the words to explain it. You say something but you mean something else.”

During the interview, the screenwriter called Adnan and asked him to clarify the controversy, to which the ‘Dum Mastam’ actor responded that he was on Nida’s show and a fly kept sitting on his hand despite his multiple attempts to swat it. Then, Adnan had cautioned women to not take his words as an offence, but said houseflies run when you chase them and women were like that. He had not called women ‘houseflies’

Khalil chuckled and said the remark should have been taken as a joke, but Adnan went on to blast internet users for creating a ‘woke’ society where people couldn’t make a joke without being criticised for it. The ‘Dum Mastam’ actor said no one could could call someone black or fat without it being taken seriously.