‘Quantico’ Star Priyanka Chopra Called Out For Insensitive T-Shirt

Edward VKanty - Author

Oct. 10 2016, Updated 7:15 a.m. ET

Quantico’s breakout star Priyanka Chopra has a great deal going for her these days. Aside from starring in the ABC drama and continuing her Bollywood film career, Ms. Chopra is playing a seductive villain in the theatrical Baywatch reboot, and she’s been featured on a number of magazine covers. Priyanka could lay claim to the title of supermodel, as well as actress, based on the number of magazine covers she has graced in a relatively short period, so it makes sense that, sooner or later, the public would find fault with one of Ms. Chopra’s projects.

Priyanka Chopra Stirs Outrage Over A Whimsical T-Shirt

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The Hindustan Times reveals that the latest magazine to feature Priyanka Chopra on the cover is Condé Nast Traveller for their October/November 2016 issue, and the cover is already garnering interest among Chopra’s fans and followers. When the Quantico star shared an image of the cover, the public was immediately drawn to the T-shirt Priyanka wore for the photograph. The white tank top worn by Chopra was covered with a black graphic in which the words “Refugee,” “Immigrant,” and “Outsider” were consecutively crossed out. The last word, “Traveller,” was proudly left unmarred.

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The tank top was intended to be whimsical and show Priyanka’s passion for visiting different parts of the world, but as is usually the case among the online community, it soon stirred outrage. Internet users flocked to Chopra’s post to share their opinions of the shirt, which was deemed insensitive to the plights of refugees and immigrants worldwide.

“@priyankachopra @CNTIndia r u kidding me PC?! What with this shirt! Insensitive to all ppl suffer around from refugees..etc,” tweeted Hannah.

Hannah, just one of the Twitter users who attacked Priyanka over the T-shirt, continued her rant over several tweets, pointing out that Chopra isn’t a traveler in the true sense because she travels as a part of her career. She added that she thought Priyanka was attempting to create more popularity for herself, pointing out that as a celebrity, Ms. Chopra doesn’t need the added attention.

“@cntindia being a refugee is NOT a choice, it’s a matter of survival. i was already disappointed for her comments abt feminism, now this,” tweeted another user.

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“@CNTIndia @priyankachopra offensive t-shirt. With 65 million ppl displaced, highest no. since WWII, to pretend as if it’s a choice.#nonPC.”

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Neither Priyanka Chopra nor representatives for Condé Nast Traveller have commented as of this time, though a statement may be forthcoming.

Baywatch Star Priyanka Chopra Shares Her Experience As An International Actress

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In speaking with Film Fare, Priyanka responded to a question regarding the pressures of being an international film star as opposed to the stresses of solely acting in her homeland of India. In response, Priyanka, widely known in the United States for her Quantico role, says the only pressure she feels is in presenting herself in a way that her country, family, and friends could feel proud. Ms. Chopra says she wants to do her best because she feels people view her as a reflection of her country.

“I’m used to a certain position in India. And I will only work on something if I’m positioned in similarly,” said Ms. Chopra. “That’s difficult to do when you go to a country like the US, where people don’t know you. But I believe I owe that to the audience and the Indian film industry that has given me the respect and the position I’ve enjoyed for years. As difficult as that was, I’m glad it happened.”

Ms. Chopra confesses that she misses home when she’s working here in the U.S., but she’s quick to add that the availability of India television programming here helps her to overcome her homesickness. Priyanka proudly shares her favorite Hindi programs with her new American friends.

“So I make myself feel at home by introducing everyone to what we do back home. I’m trying to create a bridge and let people know about how incredible India is,” said the Quantico star.

On speaking of success, Priyanka shares the feeling that success isn’t a goal, but a journey. Ms. Chopra says achieving one goal should only be briefly celebrated before moving on to a new goal. She adds that, when success does come, it can be recognized by the way in which it eases one’s life.

“Success has always meant the same for me. I’m not the one to harp on my success. I’ve always said, ‘Success should be worn like a t-shirt, not a tuxedo.’ It’s not an effort,” explained Priyanka Chopra.

Baywatch is scheduled for a May 19, 2017, theatrical release.

[Featured Image by Noam Galai/Getty Images]


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