Controversial, provocative, notoriety

Well today is looking gruesome – Erdoğan is busy purging judges as “plotters” by way of making himself even more of a dictator, IS says Lahouaiej-Bouhlel was one of theirs, and Pakistan’s Kim Kardashian has been murdered by her brother for being Pakistan’s Kim Kardashian.

Pakistani social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch has been killed by her brother in an apparent ‘honour killing’ in the province of Punjab, police say.

Ms Baloch, 26, recently caused controversy by posting controversial pictures of herself on social media, including one alongside a Muslim cleric.

She caused controversy by being controversial. Got it.

This is, of course, the BBC yet again reporting violence from the point of view of the perpetrators, which I wish they would learn to stop doing. They did it with Salman Rushdie, with the Motoons, with Lars Vilks, with Charlie Hebdo, and now they’re doing it with Qandeel Baloch. She didn’t “cause controversy”; some people chose to consider her pictures of herself “controversial.”

Ms Baloch’s parents told The Express Tribune that she was strangled to death on Friday night following an argument with her brother.

They said her body was not discovered until Saturday morning. Her parents have been taken into custody, the Tribune reported.

Ms Baloch had gone to Punjab from Karachi because of the threat to her security, police say.

Maybe she thought she would be safer with her family? Poignant, isn’t it.

“[Her] brothers had asked her to quit modelling,” family sources quoted by the Tribune said.

Sources quoted by the newspaper said that Wasim was upset about her uploading controversial pictures online and had threatened her about it.

There again – the BBC has to help Wasim work up indignation at her, by saying yet again that her pictures are “controversial.” Listen, in Pakistan it’s “controversial” for a woman to walk around with a naked head; that doesn’t mean the rest of us have to see it that way.

Jill McGivering adds some analysis.

Qandeel Baloch used social media to find fame and the reactions there showed the feelings she inspired, from admiration to disgust.

Some called her death “good news” and even praised her suspected killer. Others said it was wrong to condone her murder, even if she was flawed. Some showed outright support.

Qandeel Baloch has been dubbed Pakistan’s Kim Kardashian. There are comparisons: the provocative selfies, the pursuit of celebrity, the controversial rise to notoriety.

Blamey blamey blamey, again. There’s no need for the BBC to label her selfies “provocative” or her status “notoriety.” She’s already dead – I don’t see why the Beeb needs to throw mud at her.

But in Pakistan, women, especially poor ones, still lack basic rights, from schooling to choosing a husband and violence against them is rife. The country struggles with sexuality and especially with “immodest” women.

The fact that many of Qandeel’s videos went viral suggests a titillating fascination with confident female sexuality – along with fear of its power and of her assertion of independence. However she lived her life, tweeted one, it was her life.

It was her life, but the BBC will pin pejorative labels on it after she’s been murdered, all the same.

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