Fake ‘white’ blogger’s tweet angers women – ThePrint
The Twitter account allegedly used by a woman named Katherine George has made a splash on social media in Pakistan on Twitter
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New Delhi: Is Pakistan the safest country for women? A woman definitely believes this and has no qualms about declaring it on social media. The technical breakdown? The Twitter account was fake and used pictures of a Polish blogger.
The Twitter account, allegedly used by a “white” woman named Katherine George, caused a stir on social media in Pakistan on Wednesday after it was discovered to be fake and using images from Polish travel blogger Aleks Mroz to target Pakistan to applaud treatment of women.
The fake account was created in February and has nearly 12,000 followers. Pakistan has been regularly promoted as one of the “Best Travel Destinations in the World”.
Mroz, a travel blogger from Poland who is currently exploring Pakistan and organizing trips for people under Travel Studio 92, said some people used their photos without their consent. She recognized her privilege as a foreigner and said that she could never speak for Pakistani women.
In one of the Instagram stories she shared, Mroz wrote, “As a white woman traveling to Pakistan, I feel respected and generally safe, but I will never speak for Pakistani women, ignore and undermine their voices.”
Social media game
Using Mroz’s picture of an alleged Pakistani truck driver, the fake ID tweeted: “Nobody in the world respects women as much as Pakistani men”.
This caused a huge backlash online as people linked her treatment to being a “white” woman. They also accused her of discrediting the experiences of women who actually live in the countryside. Ammar Rashid, a development, public order and gender researcher in Pakistan, responded to the tweet and suggested that the woman try to organize a women’s day march in the country to see the consequences for herself.
So true! 😍 You should try to organize a women’s day march and see what happens! https://t.co/1WnSZ1HOyD
– Ammar Rashid (@AmmarRashidT) March 29, 2021
Another Twitter user, Hira Najam, claimed the Pakistani government promoted a foreigner’s claims to the safety of women in the country in order to deny the “constant fear of harassment, rape and murder” that Pakistani women have to live with.
Women: The government should talk to us about how we can make our lives easier so that we don’t live in constant fear of harassment, rape, murder, etc. and lead normal, dignified lives.
Government: Nobody has time for that. Here is a foreigner telling these women that ALL her experiences are wrong. https://t.co/LbyWURVFSN
– Hira Najam (@hiranajam) March 29, 2021
Another user added the word “white” in front of women in the fake tweet to put the point in perspective.
Fixed. https://t.co/xKX35ciwMb pic.twitter.com/IsrKnRbDY1
– اسریٰ (@ freakonomist5) March 29, 2021
Mroz uploaded a screenshot of the tweet from the fake ID with the comments below and wrote, “As a Polish woman who spends a short time in Pakistan, I can speak personally about my own experiences, but I can never speak for the Pakistani women and myself will never speak ”.
Despite Mroz reporting the fake Twitter handle, the account has not yet been banned and the tweets continued. “I only tweet positive news about Pakistan and also share positive news from various bloggers visiting Pakistan. What is my crime that all people use silly innuendos and dwarf those positive tweets that don’t appeal to anyone? “
I only tweet positive news about Pakistan and also share positive news from various bloggers visiting Pakistan. What is my crime that all people use stupid innuendos and overlook those positive tweets that don’t appeal to anyone?
– Katherine George (@iKatherineGeorg) March 29, 2021
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