Priyanka Chopra: Racist article sees mocking Indians defend star
|bbc.com 07 Dec 2018 at 00:10|
Published three days after Chopra, 36, and Jonas, 26, got married on 1 December, the article said, "But there s something that not many people know, or choose to accept, about the global sensation that is Priyanka: She is a modern-day scam artist, in my opinion. That s right: Nicholas Jonas married into a fraudulent relationship against his will this past Saturday, December the 1st, and I ll tell you why I think so."
Indians were quick to dismiss the portrayal of the couple s relationship as "fraudulent", adding that there was no evidence from the writer that Jonas had signed up for this marriage unwillingly.
After a massive backlash from Indian users as well as other publications, the article was "updated". However, by the end of Wednesday, the website had taken down the article.
An earlier story about Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas did not meet our standards. We ve removed it and apologize https://t.co/DkcOatMV2z
But the damage had already been done - tweets and posts continued to roll in, with many bewildered over how the piece even made it past a pitch email.
Many Indian and US digital outlets also took aim at the controversial piece, spawning various rebuttals that called out its "xenophobic" tone.
Writing for the News Laundry, journalist .
"Or Mariah has friends but no editors. You can decide," she wrote.
At Jezebel, a popular US-based feminist website, writer Prachi Gupta summarised the gist of the article : "After Chopra, portrayed as a cold, fame-obsessed foreigner, established herself in India, she set her sights on success in America. Part of Chopra s ticket to the top? A white man."
She added that the essay offensively played into "racist and sexist narratives" about women of colour.
Soon, other Bollywood and Hollywood celebrities - including actress Sonam Kapoor, Chopra s brother-in-law Joe Jonas and his partner Games of Thrones actress Sophie Turner - also took to Twitter to attack the article.
This is wildly inappropriate and totally disgusting. Very disappointed that The Cut would give anyone a platform to spew such bullshit. https://t.co/iYKaifKJP6