Social media influencer Dananeer became an international hit when her video where she said “pawri ho rahi hai” immediately became popular and videos of people even Bollywood celebrities like Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone re-created the video
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A few days ago, Daneneer was invited by the SZABIST institute to give a talk on the rise of digital media stars and how she copes with her newfound popularity as an influencer. However, twitter was divided by this decision by some finding this decision appalling and criticized the institution for bringing for “tiktok stars” who did not bring any valuable contributions to the country
and that in a nutshell is why this country is fucked .. pic.twitter.com/J0ngXYJnZE
— zz (@OyeeAlien) May 23, 2022
Other people argued that she was a mere Instagram influencer, while there were many other deserving poets and activists who deserved the chance to talk about their work
I do not hate on Dananeer, she is pretty cute and yes talented face of the industry(well proved in sinf e ahan) but she given invitation as motivational speaker is nothing but deterioration of the systems and priorities of this country.
— A I M A 🇵🇰 (@namkeen_barfi_) May 24, 2022
Dananeer Mobeen telling people how difficult it was to make a 10sec video. pic.twitter.com/zRxHEowDYK
— zakir saam (@zakir_saam) May 23, 2022
However, many people stepped up to defend Dananeer against accusations that she was a simple “tiktok star” who was getting invites due to her fame. Some users pointed out that the panel was on the topic of digital culture, and Dananeer was also a content creator and influencer as well as an actor now, so her advice for media students to understand the digital world was incredibly important. She is also a valuable asset for young students who wish to work in the media like her, than some boomer who would not be able to relate with the struggles of others like she can
Dananeer has achieved fame money appeal-a general likability. None of which is taught in educational institutions. People from the digital platform can and do relate to her. not every mot speaker needs to have phds and bald heads bro https://t.co/rSmvoajRsO
— mohaiman hassan (@mohaiman4708) May 23, 2022
Dananeer was invited by SZABIST not as a motivational speaker but as a speaker for a panel called “The rise of digital stars” and she is perfectly fit for that. Media students needed this panel for their future plans in media. Enough with useless criticism to degrade others https://t.co/8FQj1ZQp2a
— Famy.. (@fambanglani) May 24, 2022
Others also pointed out the sexism being displayed in looking down at social media content creators for being “nepotism benefiters” or just tiktok stars, when other male social media influencers do not receive the same backlash when they are invited to give talks at events, or even have harassment allegations against them.
people losing it over dananeer being invited for motivational talks hella quiet when literal harassers are invited to events and given gigs one after the other
— Faizan. (@thoraoffbeat) May 24, 2022
Harnessing the power of social media to get yourself a career in primetime network television, high-paying collaborations with top brands and launching a successful beauty line IS motivating.
You might call it one lucky video but not everyone is able to turn a fluke into gold. https://t.co/2AO9Qi9oAN
— zohair (@shayadzohair) May 23, 2022
In the end, let’s remember that it is not some easy feat to become a social media influencer and then further utilize your power to open a beauty brand and become an actor at the same time the way Dananeer did. She has been criticized by social media users for not having an education degree or any other talents, but this is an extremely elitist thing to say and doesn’t define your critical thinking or business skills, which Dananeer has demonstrated with how smartly she has used her influence and popularity to build up her brand.