Priyanka Chopra is known for being an award-winning actress as well as a dedicated humanitarian. She has used her voice to promote various issues around the world including women’s rights, education for underprivileged children, and the environment.
Because of this, perhaps it was not surprising that Chopra decided to raise some awareness about George Floyd, an unarmed black man who passed away in police custody recently. However, her post about Floyd was not well-received by a number of fans, who are now calling her a “hypocrite.”
Priyanka Chopra made post about George Floyd and urged followers to ‘end the race war’
Floyd’s death has sparked many protests across America. Many social media users are also joining in by talking about race, privilege, and police brutality. Chopra decided to use her voice to speak out as well, and she made a post on Instagram about George Floyd.
Chopra shared a picture with the quote, “Please, I can’t breathe,” which was something Floyd could allegedly be heard saying before his death.
In the caption, Chopra wrote about racism, saying: “We all have a responsibility to educate ourselves and end this hate. End this race war here in the US, and around the world. Wherever you live, whatever your circumstances, NO ONE deserves to die, especially at the hands of another because of their skin color.”
Afterwards, she shared some information about Floyd’s death and ended her post with, “George, I am praying for your family.”
Why fans are calling Priyanka Chopra a ‘hypocrite’
Although there are a lot of fans who are praising Chopra for speaking out about Floyd, others simply see her post as “hypocritical.”
These accusations arose because Chopra is not known to speak out about discrimination within her own country of India, especially those seen as anti-Muslims and anti-Dalit (against people of lower castes).
“Priyanka Chopra wants to end racism in US but is just fine with the blatant Islamophobic attacks in India,” one person wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, another person said: “Priyanka Chopra must be the most hypocrite actress ever. [She keeps] quiet about anti-Dalit atrocities in India but talks about racism in US. [She also] plays minority & brown card in US but sells [skin lightening] cream in India, hardly talks about colorism/castism in Bollywood.”
Priyanka Chopra once responded to someone accusing her of promoting a nuclear war between Pakistan and India
This is not the first time Chopra found herself being called hypocritical. She made headlines in 2019 when she spoke on stage at BeautyCon in Los Angeles. There, she was confronted by an audience member named Ayesha Malik about a controversial tweet.
On February 26, 2019, Chopra tweeted, “Jai Hind #IndianArmedForces.” While the tweet could simply be interpreted as showing love for her home country, it was posted after the Indian military launched an airstrike on Pakistan. As a result, at BeautyCon, Malik accused Chopra of promoting a nuclear war between the two countries.
In response, Chopra said: “I have many, many friends from Pakistan and I am from India, and war is not something that I am really fond of but I am patriotic. So, I’m sorry if I hurt sentiments to people who do love me and have loved me, but I think that all of us have a sort of middle ground that we all have to walk, just like you probably do as well.”