MUMBAI – The only biggest Indian artist in Hollywood right now, Priyanka Chopra has caught up in a controversy after she tweeted a picture of herself on the cover of Condé Nast Traveller magazine.
The t-shirt in the cover photo is a simple, white t-shirt, and its message has just four stand-alone words, arranged one below the other in the following order: Refugee, immigrant, outsider, traveller. The words ‘Refugee’, ‘Immigrant’ and ‘Outsider’ are crossed out in red while the word ‘Traveller’ isn’t.
— Condé Nast Traveller (@CNTIndia) October 7, 2016
The message on t-shirt can be perceived in different ways and has many interpretations but some twitter users have accused Priyanka of belittling the plight of refugees and immigrants by showing them as less than a luxurious traveller. Here are some of the angry tweets directed towards her:
— savita_pawnday (@savita_pawnday) October 9, 2016
— Hanna (@HannanMust) October 8, 2016
— Human Nations (@Human_Nations) October 9, 2016
@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 -.-
— कमली (@purplee_orchids) October 8, 2016
While some fans also defended her, saying the message was inferred wrongly:
Priyanka's shirt means in an ideal world there would be no refugees, immigrants or outsiders. We'd all be travellers, global citizens.
— Nitu (@Nitu_23) October 9, 2016
— Free Soul (@megha_lall) October 10, 2016
She means why are whites the only ones seen as expats and everyone else just immigrants https://t.co/ehhREvGC43
— Blake Carrington (@imstilltoofly) October 9, 2016