Asia-Pacific

Jan 23, 2015

Meet Pakistan’s all-singing, all-dancing, burqa-wearing free speech defenders

A Pakistani theatre company threw caution to the wind by performing a controversial, satirical play about burqas and freedom of expression.

Shakira Hussein — Writer and academic in multiculturalism

Shakira Hussein

Writer and academic in multiculturalism

Someone should write a musical about Australia’s recent parliamentary #burqagate. Hell, I might even write it myself. It would be an all-singing, all-dancing cabaret, featuring burqas, beehives, budgie-smugglers and blue ties galore. I even have the perfect title for it.

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5 thoughts on “Meet Pakistan’s all-singing, all-dancing, burqa-wearing free speech defenders

  1. Mike Smith

    Back of Burqua, by the Noh Actors ?

  2. Norman Hanscombe

    Shakira Hussein, you must be grateful to live in a country where [IF one is a deemed to be a member of a favoured grouping] it’s so easy then to be deemed an academic?

  3. mikeb

    Where is Shakira Hussein deemed an academic? I have no idea if she is or isn’t an academic – but what’s that got to do with the article anyway? Furthermore being labelled an “academic” by many on the right of politics is a form of abuse these days. I hope that wasn’t intended.

  4. mikeb

    Ah I see it now – under her picture. How digraceful Norman!

  5. Norman Hanscombe

    mikeb, I’m glad you spotted Crikey’s description of her. I said DEEMED an academic because I have a high regard of anyone who actually earns the title, as opposed to what happens today with many of quite limited ability who are granted the title via being no more than deemed to be a recipient.

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