Priyanka Chopra is today a successful global star in Bollywood as well as Hollywood. And like most big stars, she has also had her share of controversy. For the first time, she reveals what she went through in three episodes of her life in which she was trolled that changed her relationship with social media, possibly forever.
NARENDRA MODI MEETS THE CONTROVERSY
Priyanka Chopra played the villain in the 2017 movie Baywatch. Since she had an important role, she participated in all promotional events for the film. One day, she was doing promotions in Berlin when she realized that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also in the same city, to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel. In addition, she and Modi were both staying at the same hotel. She contacted her office to request a hearing with him. Permission was granted and she met Narendra Modi for a few minutes during which their photos were clicked together. She says since she met him in the middle of Baywatch promotions, she was in a dress and not a sari. She also says the dress was knee length, high neck, and long sleeve.
Yet when the footage came out it led to a lot of hubbub. She has been criticized for meeting the prime minister with her legs exposed. In addition, some pointed out that, as his legs were crossed in some photos, his posture seemed arrogant and therefore inappropriate for meeting a head of state. “It was one of the first times that I was getting global news and I swear that wasn’t how I wanted to do global news,” Priyanka remarks.
That same night, Priyanka Chopra posted a photo with her mother, Madhu Chopra, in which both of them wore shorts and sat cross-legged. The caption she sent with the photo was: “Family is fine”. She then adds: “I felt I introduced myself with respect. I had worn skirts and dresses all my life in India, at school and elsewhere, and I couldn’t understand why it was now considered so unacceptable. All the uproar confused and saddened me.
A year before this incident, Priyanka Chopra’s warm blanket of Maxim India caused major controversy. In the photo, one of her hands was above her hand with her armpit exposed. Maxim India has been accused of having photographed her armpit, “in particular, having smoothed and bleached it”. It has become a trending topic on social media and #ArmpitGate has been trending on Twitter as well. Priyanka admits, “I was at Paris Fashion Week while this was all going on. My team and I were mortified, dismayed and laughing hysterically at the same time because we couldn’t forget how ridiculous and surreal it was to see my armpit go viral. Did that mean I had finally made it?
– PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) June 21, 2016
Once again, Priyanka aired the situation by posting a photo of her exposed armpits and the caption this time was: ‘#WillTheRealArmpitPleaseStandUp’.
QUANTICO HINDU TERRORIST LINE:
Priyanka Chopra’s big breakthrough in the West was thanks to her TV show “Quantico”. It was a resounding success, prompting ABC to give the green light to several seasons. In season 3, the episode “ The Blood Of Romeo ” showed an extremist Hindu group trying to blow up Manhattan with the intention of blaming Pakistan. This led to a huge uproar in India and Priyanka was
criticized for agreeing to be part of it. Priyanka felt that was unfair because “I wasn’t a writer or producer, and I had no control or input into the script. Not to mention the fact that we would have villains of all ethnicities trying to blast New York City over the course of the series.
Priyanka Chopra says the uproar did not end quickly and lasted a long time. When she returned to India, the police had to ensure her safety because she had received threats and also because her effigies had been burned in front of her house. ABC Studios had no choice but to apologize. Some time later, Priyanka Chopra also apologized for hurting feelings. However, even this led to conviction. “Damned if you, damned if you don’t,” she says and adds that the whole incident was deeply disturbing.
Priyanka Chopra then mentions that over time her relationship with social media has changed. When these websites first saw the light of day, she was one of the first celebrities to jump on the bandwagon. She said she enjoyed talking directly to fans and enjoyed having interactive sessions. However, she says that relationship turned into mistrust and fear. “Once I felt it was dangerous to show myself in all of my vulnerable humanity, I withdrew. It was instinctive.
She continues, “Canceling the culture and shame of social media has, in many ways, kept me from having the meaningful conversations I used to have with followers.” These episodes led her to engage as little as possible in the controversy. She also wishes there was a “ foolproof guide ” that can educate her on how to keep different people and cultures calm not only in India and the United States, but all over the world and on social media. also. She ends the chapter hoping that the world should work to find ways to be curious and kind.
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