Veena Malik is a Pakistani actress with a special flair for controversy. She first made major headlines after confronting a Mullah who accused her of inappropriate and vulgar behavior while participating on the Indian reality show ‘Bigg Boss.’ Her confrontation was praised by many, as she took a stand against general double-standards thrown at men and women in Pakistani society as well as staunchly stating that she did not need to be told about her religion.
“I’m a Muslim woman and I know my boundaries.”
She went on to ask why an entertainer was being held accountable for the maintenance of national integrity, whereas politicians and others were let go almost freely from such charges.
Recently, however, Veena Malik was back in the headlines when the cover of the Indian edition of December’s FHM was featured online. The men’s magazine featured a fully nude Malik her hands crossed over her chest, her legs strategically placed and a large ISI tattoo across her upper arm. As immediately as the magazine’s release, Malik immediately claimed that the photo was fake, that it had been “morphed” to make it seem as though she was naked, when in fact she had been dressed. Claiming deception, Malik filed a defamation suit, for $2 million, against the magazine, which maintained that the cover – along with several other nude shots of the actress – was “un-morphed” and completely done with a more-than-willing Malik. Not only did FHM claim to have video evidence, but it also struck back with a threat of a lawsuit of its own.
The brief but generally uncaring media coverage that followed the release of the image was further bolstered by Malik’s changing account of what she wore during the photo-shoot, going from fully clothed to partially clothed.
At the least from the pelvis down.
Sounds like your usual celebrity gossip dribble, right?
Apparently not so much to folks such as Asra Nomani and Nosheen Iqbal who see the public and media reaction to “Veenagate” as the “real shame of Pakistan.” [Read more...]