Twitter is sick of seeing performative activism by celebs who are apparently problematic behind the scenes.
The latest to be called out? Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra — whose hypocrisy makes “nightmare” Lea Michele look like an award-winning activist, according to critics.
The reckoning began after the cute couple took to Twitter to send out a very thoughtful, heartfelt statement about the killing of George Floyd. Standing in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, the Lovebug singer wrote on his page:
“Pri & I have heavy hearts … The reality of the inequalities in this country, and around the world, are glaring. Systemic racism, bigotry and exclusion has gone on for far too long, and remaining silent not only reinforces it, but it allows it to continue… The time to take action is NOW. It’s no longer enough to say “I’m not racist”. We must all do the work to be ANTI racist and stand with the black community. In our first step towards our continued efforts to help fight this fight, Pri and I have donated to the @eji_org & @ACLU… We stand with you and we love you. #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd.”
A powerful message.
But Twitter wasn’t buying it. Many users felt their support of BLM was hypocritical, seeing as Pri has apparently supported Islamophobic dictators and fascist governments in her native India!
Twitics were quick to chime in after Nick posted the statement, pointing out that Pri has endorsed skin lightening creams in India, has supported the country’s right-wing BJP political party, and even invited the corrupt Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to her and Nick’s wedding.
Here's your rac*st Pri selling skin whitening creams in India pic.twitter.com/O5P7cwqIUt
— Ali Baloch ✌????✌????✌???? (@maXes_MB) June 3, 2020
“Yeah Im sure ‘pri’ doesn’t have a heavy heart for the muslims that are being tortured and killed in her country”
“’pri’ supports a fascist government and sells fairness creams while she cries about injustice in the US”
Now, some users defended the Quantico actress’ support of Modi, pointing out that publicly criticizing the PM could put her family at risk of “receiving threats.”
As one user claimed:
“As for that fascist Modi, notice how no Indian celebrity with huge platforms (SRK/Khans) ever openly criticise Modi? Yes? That’s because they don’t get away with free speech unlike celebs in US without putting themselves or their family members at risk of receiving threats.”
But other receipts came in showing that Pri has also flaunted her family’s ties with former PM — and authoritarian dictator — Indira Gandhi.
Sharing a pic the actress posted on her Instagram that showed her family members posing with the controversial politician, one user wrote:
“Priyanka proudly boasts about her family connections with Indira Gandhi, a dictator who imposed emergency, suspended all democratic rights of citizens and arrested all dissenters. Not to forget the countless innocent Sikh lives taken under her rule.”
Another user brought up the time Priyanka was criticized for “warmongering between India and Pakistan” at a conference, and responded by “gaslighting the [Pakistani] girl who asked her the valid question.” Watch:
Let's start off with the obvious. Priyanka when criticised for warmongering between India and Pakistan, responded by gaslighting the girl who asked her the valid question. So much for feminism. https://t.co/15Cv87Aylt
— Sankul (@s3nkul) June 2, 2020
Oh, but there’s more…
Pri was also called out for praising controversial police chief KPS Gill, who reportedly killed thousands “in an illegal and brutal manner.”
Retweeting a 2017 post in which the starlet wrote, “RIP #KPSGill‘s contribution in fighting terrorism and restoring peace to Punjab will never be forgotten. My condolences to the family,” a user exclaimed:
“Priyanka has praised a mass murderer on social media. For those of you who don’t know, KPS Gill was a policeman convicted of sexual harassment, killing THOUSANDS of Sikhs in an illegal and brutal manner. He was literally nicknamed as the butcher of Punjab”
In another tweet, the user pointed out the racism in Pri’s 2008 Bollywood movie Fashion, writing:
“In the film Fashion, Priyanka Chopra, playing the lead role, is shown to have hit rock bottom after realising she slept with a Black man. Priyanka you suck at performative wokeness, let alone demonstrative activism.”
Wow. This is some heavy stuff.
Why would someone be so progressive one day and so tyrant-loving the next? One user summed it up perfectly:
“Priyanka Chopra posts about Black rights in US because that makes her popular in the US.
Priyanka Chopra supports Army activity in India because that makes her popular in India.”
We’d hate to agree, but it’s hard to argue with receipts like these!
What do U think about this, Perezcious readers?
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