In LahoriFied’s First-ever Stand-Up Comedy Event, the Trans Lead Performer Anaya Sheikh was Heckled by YouTuber Sharik Shah of Lahori Prankster with Transphobic Abusive Slurs. The YouTuber, despite the Invitation from Sharik, Shouted Abusive Slurs about her Physical Appearance as Trans. Trans Comedian Anaya Sheikh Heckled by Sharik Shah- Inside Story of LahoriFied Nights Event
Stand-up Comedy is the new trend of Rib-Tickling Humor, Started by LahoriFied in Lahore. Though it is a Comic Style in which a Performer Creates an illusion of his Monologue. Many Talented and Professional Comedians Took Effective Part in that Niche.
Trans Comedian Anaya Sheikh Heckled by Sharik Shah- Inside Story of LahoriFied Nights Event
Stand-Up Comedy is Presented in Front of a Live Audience and Makes them Laugh by Telling them Humorous Stories, Gags, and one-liners typically called a chatter. Off-the-cuff Comedy is itemized to be the “Permitted Form of Comedy Writing” that is viewed as a Dramatized “Extension of” the person performing ART.
Lahorified, a Mass Media Registered Company introduced the first-ever trend of Stand-Up Comedy in Pakistan. On the 16th of November, it has arranged an Impromptu Comedy Night to Promote Potential Talent and Refined Entertainment.
Among many Comic Performers, a Professional Trans Comedian Anaya Sheikh was also performing. The Audience was Enjoying a lot her hilarious Pun and Gags. Moreover, she is a Proud Feminist and her Side-Splitting humor was based on Women’s Empowerment.
“35 Seconds Criminal Act” Strongly Condemned by Lahorified
Everything was as perfect as it could be, but then a Youtube Prankster Shahrik Shah from Lahori Prankster repellently captured the stage by jeering and harassing Anaya Sheikh. He Sardonically Disgraced her. Lahorified Event Organizer Usama Tahir with his team apart him from the Respected Podium and kicked out from the Event right away. However, Director Arslan Tahir along with the Stage Secretary Shah Rukh approached Anaya and Apologized for the Delinquency Wholeheartedly.
LahoriFied Condemned the Incident on Instagram
Later on, LahoriFied Management and Organizers of the Event Publicly Condemned the Unethical and Abusive Slurs from Sharik Shah against Anaya Sheikh during her Performance.
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Important Note: LahoriFied Publicly Condemn this PATHETIC GENDER DISCRIMINATIONAL BEHAVIOR from SHARIK SHAH of LAHORI PRANKSTER (Shouldn't Have been on the Stage in the First Place)! ABUSING Someone on the Basis of their Gender is totally UNACCEPTABLE and we Apologize @annaya_shiekh that she had to face it! You Performed very well and we Enjoyed Every Piece of it! More Power To You!! . . . #lahorifiedpranks #standupcomedy #standup #standupcannabis #comedynight #comedynight #comedymemes #lahore #lahorifiedincafeyat #lahorified #cafeyat
Here’s the official Statement from Anaya Sheikh about the Incident.
“I wore a top which said ‘We Should All Be Feminists.’ I started with jokes about women empowerment and then I replied to those jokes. Which were based on trans people. Then Shahrik Shah, from Lahori Prankster, used the [derogatory terms] khusra and shemale while the whole audience was laughing and enjoying my performance. He came up and kept trying to come onstage. I asked him to leave. He kept showing me his [middle] finger and I said even my fingers are not worthy of you, so he kept abusing me.
I completed my performance and I was shivering when I left the stage. I love my audience but I can’t go through this stress and shame which I just faced. Niow i have the video but I don’t dare to watch it, and the more I think that many people were recording [the incident], the more I feel depressed and angry. I know this will be out and I’m imagining how happy that will make transphobes. So, I lost my confidence; I thought I’m brave but until when? To what extent? Why can’t this society become brave and fight against such people? Why didn’t anyone stand up at the event and answer him?
Some people laughed at [Shahrik’s] comments, which made me think that people still find us as a joke. There should’ve been a pin-drop silence. This was not a joke. It was not a joke. I work hard to write stuff to make them laugh to give them a good time. I was excited obviously [to perform that night]; it was a new audience. I kept thinking I’ll do a different set and the moment I went on stage, I broke the ice and everyone laughed out.
People were enjoying the performance so much. I was scared when I was called again onstage [for the encore] but had to do it — the audience kept shouting ‘Once more, Anaya’. I took a breath and went back, but i was shivering so had to end it.”And I was shocked that such people are still existing in this society and people follow them.”
Although the Event was Dismantled by unethical interruption, Performer still appreciated the Efforts of LahoriFied for Putting up Great Show!
The Lead Performers Hazik, Ali, Rana Usman, Hammad, Usman, and Many others Shout-out to LahoriFied team for Such an Amazing Event.
The Bottom line of the sore incident
Anaya expressed her gratitude for Lahorified who apologized to her in every possible way and Condemned the Stinging incident openly. Event Manager Usama invited her again to resume her live-art, she came continued, and left the venue after the offered encore. Now the time came that we publicly create space for all beings irrespective of Gender.
NO JOKE SHOULD BE MADE AT THE COST OF TRANS, THEY ARE NOT A PUNCHING BAG TO GIGGLE.