Note: Obscene language is used in some of the tweets reproduced in this post. Readers’ discretion is advised. We don’t have any personal differences with Sami Shah; the aim of this post is to exemplify what exactly is wrong with Pakistan’s urban (fake) liberal class, those who remain not only selective moral and urban centric but are also very insecure and abusive when challenged on their hypocrisy.
Who in the world is Sami Shah? Have you heard of him or know what he does? For a long time I had no knowledge of this individual or his raison d’être. Till I read a post on PB (Pakistan Blogzine) about how a group of prominent (read notorious) urban (read Karachi and Lahore based) ‘liberals’ had flattered their way into the social circle of Tristram Perry, the Information Officer at US Consulate Lahore.
Within that post, extracts of a conversation between noted human rights activist @Laibaah1 and some of these ‘liberals’ had been copied and pasted. One of those conversations involved the use of absolutely vulgar and demeaning language by a @samishah whose bio identifies him as “Comedian, Writer, Graphic Designer, Producer, Sapien.” Disrespectful thug would be a welcome addition to this list considering the guttural vocabulary of his discourse.
After I had completed reading the post in question, I tweeted through my Twitter profile (@ravezjunejo) how @samishah had acted as a “D-bag” (a word that would not be out of place in his vocabulary) and that the PB post by @Laibaah1 that used his tweets had brought unnecessary attention to him. (NOTE: Tweets have been colour-coded in that BLUE tweets are of @samishah and RED tweets are of @ravezjunejo)
“Wow @samishah is a total D-bag!” “Ironically I didn’t really know who @samishah was until @Laibaah1 wrote that post abt him. She brings them so much unnecessary attention :P” (See screen cap S1).
As I had expected, I got an angry response from @samishah instead of a reasoned reply. To my pleasant surprise, there was a swear word in there for me too!
“@ravezjunejo wait there is a post about me? In which i am a douchebag? And you wanted me to know? Thanks cunt.” (See S2)
Normally I would be ashamed of using the language that I was forced to use by this person. But my inhibition was weakened by my resolve to teach this one rowdy brat a proper lesson in a language he’d understand. Be comfortable with really.
“@samishah cunt? Im not your mother asshole.”
“@ravezjunejo Good one! You suck your dad off with that mouth?” (See S3)
“@ravezjunejo lets remember u insulted me out of the blue. Much like Laibah did, who went on to write column w/o mentioning i was trolled” (S4)
Now this last tweet seemed somewhat defensive. Maybe he realised he was way out of line with his unwarranted verbal attacks at me and tried to rationalise them by blaming me on bringing this fusillade of abuses onto myself. Not that he stopped swearing afterwards.
“@ravezjunejo and u did the same. Trolled me for no rhyme or reason. My cursing is inappropriate? You are acting like an asshole. Thats ok? ” (S5)
By this time I realised that, the sensitive child that he was, @samishah was probably offended by the word that I used for him. Which puzzled me considering his verbal attacks at @Laibaah1 had been much more vulgar, to say the least. So I ventured a defence of my own.
“@samishah NOTHING gives you the right to use the language you and your people use against her! I called you on ur behaviour with her.” “@samishah Before reading her post abt ur tweets to her I didn’t know or care who you were OK mister?! Btw when did asking Qs become troling?” (S6)
“@ravezjunejo I have no “people” genius. There is no agenda and no grand plan. So stop making this out to be bigger than it is.” (A word of advice for @samishah at this point. Over-emphasis on one word within a larger sentence is a sign of mental retardation.) “@ravezjunejo Laibaah came at me for being friends with someone they didn’t like. Then kept harassing me online rudely. I retaliated.” “@ravezjunejo You, meanwhile, called me a “d-bag” and made sure I knew about it by putting my username in the tweet. So you picked a fight.” My suspicion was confirmed! “@ravezjunejo Next time, don’t pick a fight and expect people to not respond. Stop acting like a dick and grow the fuck up.” (S7) All of this, mind you, just because @Laibaah1 dared to tag @samishah in a list of urban liberals. Not abusing him or his family. Only for calling him what he was, and apparently, is proud to be according to one of his OWN tweets!
“@samishah I’m sorry I cudnt respond to ur ranting. Apparently between the two of us I actually have a life outside of Twitter!” “@samishah Harassing you online rudely? Wow that’s a lot coming from a guy who swears at people at first contact!” “@samishah Pray tell what ignominious filth did that “bot” use against you?! Did she abuse ur parents like you did mine?!” “@samishah And for the LAST time, I called you a D-bag ONLY because of your unnecessarily acidic behaviour with her.” “@samishah Oh and since you get so emotional and hurt if someone calls u a bad name (you poor thing!) I’ll just leave out the swearing.” “@samishah I owe a wierd-abusive-stranger-I-never met atleast that much.” “@samishah Wow I caught you at a very bad time. It must be that time of the month for you huh?” (S8)
This very forceful response seemed to do the impossible. It actually managed to shut the ‘Comedian’ up! The last I heard from that man was the tweets below.
“@ravezjunejo Ok sure. Thought I might try to get you to see that you and yours started it by acting inappropriately. Clearly a waste of time.” “@ravezjunejo Enjoy your judgmental life with warped values. So long.” (S9)
I was a little amused that @samishah would use such an abusive, and frankly wierd, way of trying to show me or @Laibaah1 the error of our ways. Anyone who reads this exchange or his previous one with @Laibaah1 would naturally assess @samishah’s intention being to abuse and insult rather than converse and understand. But that was the claim with which he sought to end the conversation with me before he blocked me.
The reason behind his blocking me, though, was not this conversation. Recently I came across a picture of @samishah speaking at a little known bloggers event in 2011 grandiously titled the ‘Pakistan Blog Awards’ where his comedic performance was apparently panned by some audience members of that event (http://www.pakistanprobe.com/2011/12/pakistan-blog-awards-2011-review.html). It was then that I realised who @samishah was! I recognised him as the host of two shows on the defunct English language version of the (now Urdu language) Dawn News channel. As I recall, the first was a movie review show he apparently did with his sister. The second was a version of the American ‘Daily Show’ that he helmed (http://www.youtube.com/user/newsweakly/featured). I remember never watching more than a single episode of both those shows because of their absolute dreariness. On the second show which had an overtly comical setting, I never found a one-liner or quip of @samishah worth even snickering to! For the life of me, I cannot comprehend why this terribly unfunny man would claim to be a comedian! By the way, both of the shows of his were scrapped (probably due to low ratings) and such programming ultimately led to the downfall of Dawn News English. It was when I related this revelation to @Laibaah1 while also tagging @samishah in that tweet did I find myself to be blocked from his profile.
In the end, his ego was hurt not so much by my swearing at him as it was by my reminding him of his past failures.