The nominations for the 18th LSA 2019 were announced recently. However, the annual awards show has been marred with controversy after several celebrities, including Meesha Shafi, opted out of participating in the award ceremony for Ali Zafar, alleged of sexual harassment by Meesha, has also been nominated for the award.
Expressing displeasure over this protest, several celebrities have come out to criticise those boycotting LSA nominations.
Veteran actor Humayun Saeed has also joined the celebrities who are condemning the people pulling out of LSA nominations.
In his statement posted on social media, Humayun Saeed said that the Lux Style Awards have been recognising a diverse range of artists for nearly two decades.
“Any dispute regarding nominations shouldn’t take away from the fact that it’s the country’s only platform to have managed to acknowledge so many incredibly talented Pakistanis for such a long time, thereby making it imperative that it continues to do so in the future as well,” he said.
Model Eman Suleman was the first to turn down her LSA nomination expressing how she did not wish to be nominated alongside an alleged harasser.
This followed boycotts by more fashion brands and celebrities, including Generation, makeup artist Saima Bargfrede, filmmaker Jami, model Rubbab Ali, singer Meesha Shafi, folk rock band The Sketches, designer Maheen Khan and makeup artist Fatima Nasir.
Singer Meesha Shafi, whose song ‘Mein’ was nominated for the best song, demanded that her name and work be removed from the list of nominees given the current circumstances.