In what has already become the most disgusting moment of the week, the editor of one of the most famous liberal outlets made the bold claim that slavery and child molestation sometimes could lead to “great art.” Naturally, we’re talking about a really significant situation considering that the outlet in question is Newsweek, which is already in a delicate scenario where collateral damages could be extremely damaging.
The person who made these unspeakable claims was Fasih Ahmed, editor and publisher of Newsweek Pakistan, who has already become the main target of Twitter users. After all, this man made the horrible comments on this social media network.
According to his words, regardless of outrage or powerful campaigns against it, child molestation will always be an evil impossible to eliminate. Ahmed, who used to be a staff writer at The Wall Street Journal wrote that the sexual abuse of children is something that “will always exist.” In addition, he pointed out that while “you can never eliminate it” completely, this could sometimes lead to “great art.”
What seems to be the most ironic detail of this disgusting claim is the fact that he wrote that message soon before referencing a #MeToo movement in Pakistan. This movement was launched by the rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl, who Ahmed is now minimizing with these horrible claims.
Child sexual abuse has always happened, is happening, and will always continue. Two days of outrage on Twitter and participating in a 10-person vigil may make you feel so noble but that’s all just about you, not those who’ve been victimized
— Fasih Ahmed (@therealfasih) January 23, 2018
In a series of tweets, the Newsweek editor not only minimized the problem of child sexual abuse but also made some lewd comments to female critics. According to several reports, the 7-year-old little girl was the latest victim of a serial killer in the city of Kasur, who has already raped and killed 11 other children as young as 6 years. Naturally, this has already made the headlines in Pakistan, where the current furor surrounding this horrible situation is extremely intense.
Lamentably, Pakistan is one of the Middle Eastern nations with a higher rate of child sex abuse, to the point where this has already become one of the most delicate topics in the Muslim country. While authorities have already made great efforts in order to solve this problem, this unspeakable reality keeps being one of the most concerning issues in this nation.
Soon after making those comments, several Twitter users started to criticize Ahmed for daring to relativize something as horrible as child molestation. The outrage was quite intense, to the point where many thought that Ahmed would either apologize, delete the tweets, or even both. However, far from taking those steps, he decided to argue with those who were criticizing him.
Believe it or not, the Newsweek editor’s response to the powerful backlash was quite combative. He was basically acting as if his comments weren’t that ugly. He was acting as if the Twitter users were overreacting.
Ahmed’s attitude on this point was so incredibly cynical that he even made some terrible comments against one female critic. Believe it or not, he told her that he felt glad that she got raised “on the healthy cu# of your male family members.”
Believe it or not, this editor even pointed out it was a very good thing that the serial killer’s victims were all female. Ahmed tweeted that the good news on this horrible case is that “at least he’s straight.”
In addition to these outrageous tweets, the Newsweek editor also made light comments about rape in a more generic way. Ahmed said that getting raped by actor Tom Cruise would be “everyone’s dream come true.” Also, he claimed that sexual assault by former Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein would be considered rape while sexual assault by famous cricketer Imran Khan wouldn’t be the same “because one is ugly and one isn’t.”
On one moment, a Twitter user asked if he would make the same type of comments about child molestation producing “great art” if the subject was slavery. Believe it or not, the editor asserted that slavery “did lead to incredible art.”
Regarding this whole controversy, senior executives from Newsweek Media Group announced they were investigating the whole episode. Eventually, the company published a statement where it asserted they are now distancing from the editor.