Maria B on way to creating another controversy

By: News Desk
Published: 03:23 PM, 27 Sep, 2022
Maria B on way to creating another controversy
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Designer Maria B whose real name is Maria Butt believed the internet needed another round of her beliefs after previously receiving criticism for them. As a result, she released a video of herself and her sisters discussing the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2018, with the whole public.

The designer discussed the law with her sisters Najia and Aafia, calling it a "heated topic" that they should talk about because it will "impact their children."

She said “The first thing that one needs to do is to identify what transgender means. Who is the most famous transgender in the world? Everyone knows about Kim Kardashian and her father. He was her father first and then her mother. His name is Caitlyn Jenner.” Butt incorrectly identified Jenner as the ‘most famous transgender' person in the world.

She then asked whether persons like Jenner are accepted by the Pakistani bill that was adopted by parliament. “No absolutely not, this act was made for the khwaja sira community. They are intersex people and there’s a massive difference between them and transgender. On the act that represents the marginalized community, after 70 years when we’re doing something for them, and transgender have usurped their rights,” she said.

Last month, she got into a fight with transgender rights advocate Dr. Mehrub Moiz Awan, when the scholar was barred from speaking on a TEDxISL (International School Lahore) panel, a decision she criticized as transphobic. The designer offered some extremely odd excuses, including but not limited to being a worried father, and praised ISL's choice to remove Awan from the panel. The designer returns a month later to offer even more unasked-for thoughts on the Transgender Act and its "impact" on Pakistani families.