Social media outraged by Bollywood actor Priyanka Chopra's 'refugee' T-shirt
The magazine clarified the message that they were trying to convey was against creating a 'culture of xenophobia.' (Image source: Cond? Nast Traveller's Twitter page) Photograph: (Getty)
After Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra was criticised for wearing a T-shirt for a travel magazine with the words refugee, immigrant and outsider struck off, the magazine issued a clarification on Twitter today. Social media had slammed the 34-year-old actress for being insensitive towards refugees and promoting a 'racist' message.
Conde Nast, whose feature on Priyanka on October 7, was titled, "Priyanka: at home in the world," said the message that they were trying to convey was about viewing people as global citizens and not classifying them as 'refugees' or 'outsiders' which is creating a 'culture of xenophobia.'
"It’s about how our labelling of people as immigrants, refugees and outsiders is creating a culture of xenophobia... It’s time we demand better, and stand against the building of walls, literal and otherwise. We must demand a world free of racism and bigotry and prejudice, so that we—and generations after us—may enjoy all the abundance that travel offers, the beauty of a world that is open and rich and diverse in its people and cultures and geographies," the magazine said in a statement.
Here's how the internet reacted to Priyanka's tweet:
The actress had her share of supporters too:
Priyanka, a big name in Bollywood and abroad, is currently filming the season of her American TV show "Quantico." The actress was also named among the world's 100 most influential people by Time Magazine in 2016.