Lux Style Awards say they respect ‘public views’ after outrage over Feroze Khan nomination – Arts & Culture | Trending

The Lux Style Awards (LSA) will not drop Feroze Khan from its nominees list despite widespread criticism, including from Oscar-winning director Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy.

In a statement released Wednesday night, the awards said: “Lux Style Awards submissions are received from artists and channels as part of an open call for consideration for the awards. All nominations shortlisted for the Viewer’s Choice category of the LSA 2022 are the result of the exclusive voting of the viewers without any intervention of the Awards.

“As part of our independent and transparent third-party voting process, which is audited end-to-end by PricewaterhouseCoopers, LSA cannot participate in the selection, verification or exclusion of any submission or nomination.”

In a follow-up statement, the LSAs said they believe in “respecting the freedom and diversity of audience opinion and do not regulate or limit participation (except in cases of content with obscene or inappropriate language) on our platforms of social networks”.

His move comes after Obaid Chinoy announced he would return his Lux Lifetime Achievement Award, which was given to him in 2012, in protest.

“Lux is a beauty brand that sells soaps to women, but has chosen to allow the nomination of a man known for violently abusing his ex-wife. Its parent company, Unilever, has a global campaign saying no to domestic violence and in defence. The company adhered to the United Nations SDGs, including SDG 5 on gender equality,” he wrote, noting that Unilever’s offices in Pakistan do not seem to share the same values.

“I was awarded a Lux Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012, which I will be sending back to Unilever as a brand and I no longer share the same values. As a society, we must stand together against domestic violence and we must call out those who provide platforms for abusers,” he wrote.

“Unilever and Lux ​​have done a disservice to the awards and to society and it is not good that they allow the celebration of abusers.”

Obaid Chinoy was referring to Feroze Khan’s inclusion in the Best Television Actor – Viewer’s Choice for his drama Khuda Aur Mohabbat.

His co-star in the drama, Iqra Aziz, has already pulled out of an upcoming project with him in a show of support for victims of domestic abuse. In his message to announce his decision, he said he stands by Aliza Sultan, Khan’s ex-wife who has accused him of abuse.

Photos of Sultan with bruises began circulating on social media in late October along with his emergency room and MLO reports. They were among the documents his legal team presented to an Eastern District Family Court, as well as a report from Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre’s Accident and Emergency Department documenting an allegation of assault in November 2020 , citing “blunt injuries to both arms, [the] back, chest and face”. A “minor nosebleed” was also recorded. The provisional diagnosis said it was an “assault”.

This caused an uproar online as celebrities began to openly condemn domestic abuse and voice their support for Sultan. Entertainment industry stars like Mariyam Nafees, Asim Azhar, Osman Khalid Butt, Mansha Pasha, Shae Gill, Ushna Shah, Minal and Aiman ​​Khan and Usman Mukhtar rallied behind Sultan in droves, offering their support total

Khan then issued a statement, denying all allegations of abuse leveled at him. Calling them “baseless, malicious and false”, he said, as a believer in human rights, he “has never knowingly harmed another human being”.

The family court is hearing two cases: one filed by Khan for custody of his two children and another filed by Sultan for child maintenance. The former couple announced their divorce in September and in their announcement, Sultan had accused her of “continuous physical and psychological violence” as well as “infidelity, blackmail and degradation”.

Sultan and Khan got married in 2018 and share a son and a daughter together.

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