In a recent Instagram post, Pakistani actor Imran Ashraf shared a touching moment with his son Roham as the young boy attempted to tie his father’s untied shoelaces. Ashraf’s caption, “Karam meray maalik ka (Kindness of my creator),” expressed his gratitude for the blessing of a caring child. While many of his 3.1 million followers appreciated the sentiment, some seized the opportunity to troll the actor for it. However, Ashraf’s response provides a valuable lesson on how to handle online trolls, particularly for celebrities.
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In an exemplary display of tolerance for criticism, Imran Ashraf promptly addressed a troll who commented, “Meri phupo bhi aise acting karti hai (My aunt can act like this),” with a clapback that not only defended himself but also emphasized respect. He reminded the commenter that the subject of the troll was the commenter’s own kin, urging him to show respect even on social media. Ashraf’s response serves as a model of how to navigate hate online in an age of heightened sensitivity. It underscores the power of confronting trolls with dignity while simultaneously educating them, effectively leaving them speechless. Imran Ashraf’s approach demonstrates that there is not always a need to provide explanations or defend oneself in the face of online criticism.