In a fiery response to alleged racist remarks made by Ramiz Raja against her parents, fashion icon Masaba Gupta takes a stand, slamming the comments and sparking a conversation on racism in the public sphere. Explore the unfolding controversy as Gupta boldly addresses the issue, emphasizing the need for accountability and respect.
Fashion designer and actor Masaba Gupta strongly criticized former Pakistan cricketer Ramiz Raja for laughing at a racist comment aimed at her parents, West Indies batting great Vivian Richards and veteran actor Neena Gupta. Masaba’s response followed the circulation of a two-month-old clip in which Raja was seen laughing at a derogatory remark on a Pakistani TV news channel.
Masaba, expressing her displeasure, took to social media, stating, “Dear Ramiz Raja (sir) grace is a quality few have. My father, mother and I have it in spades. You have none. Sickening to see you laugh on national TV in Pakistan at something the world stopped laughing at about 30 years back. Step into the future. All 3 of us are here with our chin up. #ramizraja.”
Dear Ramiz Raja ( sir ) grace is a quality few have. My father,mother and I have it in spades. You have none. Sickening to see you laugh on national TV in Pakistan at something the world stopped laughing at about 30 years back.Step into the future. All 3 of us are here with our…
— Masaba (@MasabaG) November 15, 2023
The footage shows Ramiz Raja, ex-chief of the Pakistan Cricket Board, smirking as a comedian on the program makes inappropriate comments. The remarks were made in the context of Vivian Richards allegedly breaking the comedian’s heart by dating Neena Gupta (mother of Masaba Gupta). This episode was part of a cricket news show aired on September 12 during the Asia Cup 2023.
Holy Hell ladies and gentlemen.
Look at the kind of discourse in a Pakistani news channel about Vivian Richards and Neena Gupta
— Sensei Kraken Zero (@YearOfTheKraken) November 14, 2023
Ex-Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja strongly criticized the bowlers and the nation’s cricket board for the team’s dismal showing in the 2023 ODI World Cup. Under Babar Azam’s captaincy, Pakistan couldn’t secure a spot in the semi-finals, concluding at the fifth position in the points table after the league stage. The team faced defeat in five out of nine matches, notably an unsettling eight-wicket loss to Afghanistan. Ramiz, unreserved in his critique, didn’t hold back in expressing his dissatisfaction with both the bowling performance and the management of the Pakistan Cricket Board.
“Jab naye ball pe aap out nahi karenge, jab aap expensive se expensive hote jayenge toh Babar Azam kya khaak kapataani karega (When bowlers would not take wickets with the new ball and start getting more and more expensive, how would Babar Azam do captaincy then?),” said Ramiz Raja.
“And then they (PCB) would gather some ex-cricketers and ask them how to fix cricket? Who put them in charge (of the board)? Is their job just to huddle together and change the captain and the coaching staff and think they have taken a major step? Not even an inch of Pakistan’s cricket can get better if you don’t have passion for the game. You need to change yourself and your mindset. You need to shut this process of leaking news,” stated Ramiz Raja.
Ramiz also criticized the disclosure of the messages allegedly exchanged between Zaka Ashraf and Babar.
“The new chief selector that you’ve appointed, look at his old clips and how badly he has talked about Babar and Rizwan, you want your cricket to progress by appointing a 70-year-old who knows nothing about selection?” the former captain said.
Masaba Gupta’s resolute response against alleged racism ignites a crucial dialogue on accountability and respect, underscoring the pressing need to address racial insensitivity. Concurrently, Ramiz Raja’s contentious remarks about the cricket team’s performance and the revelation of private messages fuel debates on imperative changes in Pakistan’s cricket landscape.
Amidst these discussions, a resounding call for reform emerges, advocating for a more inclusive and responsible future in both sports and public discourse. The unfolding narratives emphasize the significance of addressing sensitive issues, fostering a broader conversation that aims to shape a transformative and equitable path forward.