As if Pakistani TV host Aamir Liaquat Hussain was not in the news enough already, he’s notched once more on the pole of kitsch-ism! Add in the previous pieces we’ve done on both him and shah.
Amir, who is one of the lead hosts of the country, is running his Ramadan transmission on privately owned GEO TV. “So, who asked you to sing?” and “So no matter what people say, you will go on doing what you want?” were just some of the questions that Hussain asked Tahir Shah. Not only that, the host went on to make personal and insulting comments like, “Are your hair for real? All of them?” and “You will kill my fish!”
Credit to Taher Shah, he was gracious throughout the show, even when the host put a snake around his neck that he clearly was not comfortable with!
Taher Shah became an internet sensation with his song “Eye to Eye.” Amazingly the sensation was neither the song nor the artist’s supreme singing skill rather just the opposite!
The singer though obviously very uncomfortable, kept up with his good humor throughout the show, though he later voiced his discontent.
Viewers were not happy with the way the show went as well. He got support
Mother darling just called me to watch the debacle that's Taher Shah with cheap as sin Aamir Liaqat on live TV. #NowIveSeenItAll— hiranajam (@hiranajam) July 25, 2013
So just saw the Amir Liaqat show on youtube with the bit about Taher Shah. There's a difference between being witty and being a prick— Maulana Trad Mazhabi (@TradIsrar) July 26, 2013
Inviting him as a guest, in Ramazan & humiliating him. You Amir Liaqat Yes only you can do that. #tahershah I wish some1 can do that to you.— AYESHA GUL (@ISHAHGUL) July 26, 2013
Even though some of his supporters had not completely become sympathetic to him, but they nevertheless supported him against Aamir Liaquat Hussain.
I am not a fan of Taher Shah. But the way Amir Liaqat insulated him on his show. It was not funny. No man or women should be insulted.— Mr. Sarz (@sarzproductions) July 26, 2013
I feel sorry for Taher Shah we all know his song isnt fabulous but the way Amir Liaqath humiliated him on his show omg. #EyetoEye— Meow. (@Zara___x) July 26, 2013
If anything positive has come out of the demeaning show is that Taher Shah ended up getting some positive support and a lot of respect! So there was some good out of it!
And What Taher Shah Could not Achieve through #EyeToEye, Amir Liaquat Served him in a Platter: Massive Public Respect!— Zamad Baig (@ZamadOfficial) July 26, 2013
Whatever the case may be, it goes without saying that Mr. Hussain took things too far. He has so far been ridiculing people, twisting religion and wringing it out for all its worth but the show. But this time around, with an obnoxious, giddy and seemingly high Aamir Liaquat and a visibly uncomfortable and embarrassed Taher Shah everyone feels that this is the depth of shame and bad humor. More, it is something which is in extremely bad taste.
But anything for ratings and viewership isn’t that right? Maybe not this time; maybe this is one atrocity too much. Maybe this will churn into a lesson every over-the-top-concerned-only-of-cheap-publicity-host will not soon forget!
We hope it does!