Priyanka Chopra is facing criticism for the way she responded to an audience member question at BeautyCon over the weekend. The actress shut down a question from a guest in the crowd who called her a “hypocrite” for her response to the ongoing conflict between India and Pakistan.
“It was kind of hard hearing you talk about humanity, because as your neighbour, a Pakistani, I know you’re a bit of a hypocrite,” Ayesha Malik said, before referencing a tweet that Chopra posted in February which said: “Jai Hind,” essentially meaning “victory to India”.
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Jai Hind #IndianArmedForces 🇮🇳 🙏🏽
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) February 26, 2019
Chopra’s tweet came at a time when India was launching air strikes into Pakistan territory following a terror attack in India-administered Kashmir. Malik questioned why, as a Unicef ambassador, Chopra was not advocating for peace.
“You are a Unicef ambassador for peace and you’re encouraging nuclear war against Pakistan,” Malik continued. “There’s no winner in this. As a Pakistani, millions of people like me have supported you in your business of Bollywood.”
Priyanka Chopra tweeted during a time when we were this 👌🏽 close to sending nukes to one another. Instead of advocating for peace she tweeted in support of the Indian army pic.twitter.com/LhbMkOW59v
— Ayesha Malik (@Spishaa) August 11, 2019
Chopra then responded by saying: “I hear you. Whenever you’re done venting. Got it? Done? Okay, cool.”
The actress then went on to try and explain her feelings about the conflict, but criticised the woman again, warning her not to “embarrass herself”.
“So, I have many, many friends from Pakistan, and I am from India. War is not something that I’m really fond of, but I am patriotic. I think that all of us have a sort of middle ground that we all have to walk. The way you came at me right now, girl, don’t yell. We’re all here for love. Don’t yell. Don’t embarrass yourself. But thank you for your enthusiasm and your question and your voice.”
Chopra’s response has come under heavy criticism from her followers on both Instagram and Twitter, while Malik took to social media to explain that she felt Chopra had “gaslit” her in the actress’ response to the question.
Chopra is yet to publicly address the incident.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s Bazaar UK.
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