Mis­placed crit­i­cism

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL - Sameera H. Sai­fudeen Colombo, Sri Lanka

This refers to the ar­ti­cle ‘Celebrity Politi­cians’. I com­pletely agree with the writer. Ever since some film ac­tresses an­nounced that they’d con­test the elec­tions in Sri Lanka, a storm of crit­i­cism has taken over the lo­cal me­dia. They are ridiculed, their in­ten­tions are doubted and they are ac­cused of us­ing their celebrity to win votes. It is wrong to tar­get fe­male artistes who wish to con­test elec­tions on the ba­sis of their pro­fes­sion be­cause in the past a num­ber of male ac­tors have also con­tested elec­tions and served as mem­bers of par­lia­ment. They were hardly crit­i­cized be­cause of their celebrity sta­tus. So we should re­frain from crit­i­ciz­ing or ridi­cul­ing fe­male artistes.

If and when they are elected, it is only then can we ques­tion their ca­pa­bil­ity or abil­ity to deal with their new re­spon­si­bil­i­ties – not be­fore that. They should first be given a chance to prove them­selves be­fore they are made fun of.

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