Netizens Divided Over Bushra Ansari’s Pro LGBTQ+ Comment In International Web Series

A recent viral clip from the international series, 'Our Big Punjabi Family' — featuring Bushra Ansari — has sparked a vigorous debate online.

Bushra Ansari stands out as a kaleidoscopic figure, adept at painting her roles with the brush of versatility — renowned not just for her acting chops but also for her writing flair and engaging hosting, Bushra has etched a permanent mark on the hearts of viewers across borders. The actor has been captivating international audiences with her role in the web series ‘Our Big Punjabi Family.’

Particularly notable is her mastery over the pure Punjabi dialect, which has won her accolades from Punjabi communities, notably in India. The series itself boasts a stellar 9.2 IMDB rating, underscoring its global appeal and the quality of content it presents.

However, it’s not just her linguistic skills that are drawing attention. A recent viral clip from the series has sparked a vigorous debate online. In the scene, Bushra’s character refers to a transgender girl as “they,” suggesting a progressive approach to gender identity with the line, ‘call her either “they” or “them”’. 

This subtle nod to gender-neutral pronouns has not gone unnoticed and has stirred quite the conversation on social media. The reaction online has been a microcosm of broader social dialogues surrounding LGBTQ+ representations in media. Some netizens argue that Bushra is advocating for LGBTQ+ inclusivity through her work, viewing her character’s dialogue as a deliberate promotion of LGBTQ+ rights. This perspective applauds the series for its forward-thinking stance and the actor’s role in championing a progressive cause.


Yet, as with any discussion touching on religious, cultural, and social norms, there’s a counterpoint. Some critics are bashing her for allegedly promoting LGBTQ+ themes, citing that these themes clash with religious beliefs. They argue that as a Muslim, she should refrain from such portrayals that go against the tenets of her faith.

This brings us to an intriguing intersection of drama and personal belief. Just how much of what an actor says on-screen reflects their personal convictions? And even if there is a distinction, can their on-screen roles influence societal attitudes?

Bushra Ansari herself, while adept at slipping into any character, may not necessarily align personally with every dialogue her characters deliver. However, the power of media in shaping perceptions and pushing societal boundaries is undeniable. Bushra’s portrayal of a character that uses gender-neutral pronouns might not be a billboard of her personal beliefs, but it undeniably contributes to a larger dialogue about acceptance and representation in South Asian societies. 

While discussions continue on social media about the impact of media on cultural norms, it’s crucial to maintain a diverse and respectful exchange of ideas. This ensures that our conversations remain inclusive and constructive, without targeting individuals based on specific religious viewpoints.