Priyanka Chopra came under fire over the weekend after being called out as a hypocrite. The actress was taking questions during a Q&A; panel on Saturday at Beautycon, when audience member Ayesha Malik took the mic to question Priyanka on role as a humanitarian while at the same time praising war between India and Pakistan saying,
“It was kind of hard hearing you talk about humanity. Becouse as your neighbor, a Pakistani, I know you’re a bit of a hypocrite.”
Malik referenced a tweet from Chopra from February, in which the actress wrote, “Jai Hind,” meaning “Victory to India” along with the hashtag #IndianArmedForces following news that India had launched airstrikes in Pakistani territory on February 26th.
For context, India and Pakistan have been in conflict for decades over the region of Kashmir. Both countries have claimed the region in its entirety as its own and have fought a number of wars over the years because of it. Tensions have continued to escalate as of late as both India and Pakistan are now nuclear armed countries.
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Many saw Chopra’s tweet of encouraging the escalating conflict between both countries as hypocritical considering she is a UNICEF goodwill ambassador and is supposed to be promoting world peace. During the Q&A; Malik continued saying
“You are a UNICEF ambassador ffor peace and you’re encouraging nuclear war against Pakistan. There’s no winner in this. As a Pakistani, millions of people like me have supported you in your business of Bollywwod”
Before she was cut off as security took the microphone away. The actress responded with “Whenever you’re done venting”
Priyanka Chopra continued saying,
“I have many, many friends from Pakistan and I am from India. And war is not something that I’m really fond of, but I am patriotic, so I’m sorry if I hurt sentiments to people who do love me and have loved me. But I think that all of us have a sort of middle ground that we all have to walk, just like you probably do as well. The way you came at me right now.”
When Malik continued to retort back Chopra responded telling her, “Don’t yell. Don’t embarrass yourself,” before continuing onto the next question. Many on social media criticized the actress’ response to Malik calling it condescending and arrogant with some even demanding that she step down in her role as UNICEF ambassador. One twitter user wrote,
“I really don’t know how an artist can praise military actions
and especially while being an ambassador of UN. I don’t think this world could ever see peace when peacemakers love wars.”
Another tweeted, “@UNICEF this is the type of person you want as an ambassador? someone who thinks of nuclear war as a “middle ground”” Malik tweeted on Sunday identifying herself as the audience member
on Sunday tweeting,
“Hi, I’m the girl that ‘yelled’ at Priyanka Chopra. It was hard listening to her say, ‘we should be neighbors and love each other’ — swing that advice over to your PM. Both India and Pakistan were in danger. And instead she tweeted out in favor for nuclear war.”
As for Chopra stepping down in her role as UNICEF ambassador, it doesn’t look like that might happen anytime soon as the actress is actually being awarded the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award by UNICEF later this year at their Snowflake Ball in December.