Last week sparked a debate over the public display of charity events by blocking the coronavirus.
While many believed that celebrities should not brag about their ration distribution campaigns, others spoke to say that the only reason they share their efforts is to inspire others to join.
Actor Mani recently shut down all trolls hitting celebrities to promote social affairs.
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Those who (in charity) spend of “their goods by night and by day, in secret and in public, have their reward with their Lord … AlQuran, 2:274” As pop culture celebrities when we share posts of our material wealth – our show ratings, our wardrobe, our holidays – it is labeled as "trending". However when we try to use our fame to do some good, it is unfairly being labeled as "cheap publicity stunt". When celebrities flaunt their wardrobes, their cars, their dogs or their homes, it's trendy, tasteful, cute and stylish….But when they try to do something good, so others can follow suit or join their drive, it's suddenly… cheap publicity!!! And that's the feedback we used to get from the Insta account in the comments section. OMG that's so Cute! Now that's stylish, who's the designer? Looking fit, who's your trainer? And so on….Till we changed the pictures! In this lockdown when we saw the plight of the starving daily wage worker, Hira and I started a small donation drive at our place with the funds we had and put it up on Instagram….we got a backlash, we just couldn't understand! We put up pictures on Instagram so whoever knew anyone deserving could contact us and refer that needy family. However, after a week we started running out of funds and appealed to others to join in. We also encouraged fans to start similar donations in their areas because our reach was limited. Pretty soon brands started contacting us and donating food supplies. However, we kept getting negative feedback from social media. Why is my question? We didn't put up pictures with the people who we were donating to, we didn't show queues of deserving white-collar workers at our place. We don't even go down to meet the people who come to our doorstep, so we don't embarrass them and they don't feel that we are doing it for publicity. And yet…we are disliked for it. And yet….. We continue with our mission. Here's the quote that keeps us going and will keep all those who are helping the ones in need, to keep at it no matter what.. Thanks to @malkafoods thanks to @reemrice thanks to #meezan Special thanks to (google translation)
“Like pop culture celebrities, when we share messages about our material wealth – our show ratings, our costumes, our vacations – this is marked as ‘trending.’ However, when we try to use our fame to do something well, it’s unfairly called a “cheap publicity stunt.” When celebrities flaunt their closets, cars, dogs, or homes, it’s trendy, tasteful, cute, and stylish. But when they try to do something good so others can follow your example or join your disk, this is an unexpectedly cheap ad! “The actor wrote in the firm when he posted a photo with packages ready to distribute to COVID-19 victims.
Mani also added that he and his wife were puzzled by the negative reaction they experienced on social media due to their charity campaign.
“In this closing, when we saw the difficult situation of the hungry employee, Hira and I started a small charity event with the money we had and invested it in Instagram, we had a violent reaction, we just couldn’t understand! “He said.
He justified sharing photos of his charitable efforts, to make them more accessible to those in need.
“We publish photos on Instagram so that anyone who knows who deserves to be able to contact us and transmit this family in need. However, a week later we ran out of funds and turned to others with a request to join. We also encourage fans to start such donations in their regions because our reach was limited, “he said.
“We don’t show photos of people who donate, we don’t show the line of decent white-collar workers with us. We don’t even go down to meet people who come to our door, so we don’t embarrass them and they don’t feel like we’re doing it for publicity. And yet we don’t like it, “he said.
The actor ended the note by saying that he and his wife would continue their efforts to help others, despite unnecessary criticism.