Celebrities are like demigods to fans. Anything they do, say, or wear is imitated by their followers blindly. Being an influential personality, sometimes they fail to realize that their action, words, or attire can cause a repulsion. Though the act by them is carried out inadvertently, it still becomes an issue for a debate. Priyanka Chopra has become the hot topic of debate recently because of one of her latest acts after shooting for a cover page of a travel magazine, Conde Nast Traveller.
Though the cover page is not obscene, the reason of her being in the middle of the controversy is the top she is wearing that has four words on it out of which “Refugee,” “Immigrant,” and “Outsider,” are struck off in red, whereas “Traveller” is intact and clear. As soon as the magazine was out, there was a huge uproar on social media. Many Twitteratis found it insensitive and reckoned that nobody becomes a refugee out of choice.
While Priyanka has not given any explanation on wearing the top, the magazine spokesperson came forward and clarified that the wordings on the top has been interpreted wrongly and their intention has not reached to the people. They gave this statement in defense of the controversial top, “At Condé Nast Traveller, we believe that the opening up of borders and the breaking down of walls can help us discover the world, and open up our minds and hearts. So, when we had actor Priyanka Chopra wear a T-shirt we created on the cover of the 6th-anniversary issue, we had a point to make. And it’s not about privilege or fashion.
“It’s about how our labelling of people as immigrants, refugees and outsiders is creating a culture of xenophobia. We are allowing thousands of innocent people who are forced to cross borders due to unimaginable terror and atrocities to be treated without humanity and empathy. It’s about how we are allowing some powerful leaders to build barriers that make it more difficult for bright, motivated and hardworking people to see more of the world, learn from it and make it better for us all.
“It’s time we demand better and stand against the building of walls, literal and otherwise. We must demand a world free of racism and bigotry and prejudice so that we—and generations after us—may enjoy all the abundance that travel offers, the beauty of the world that is open and rich and diverse in its people and cultures and geographies. And we must, in the midst of our many differences, find and celebrate our commonalities, our oneness. We must recognise that we are all on a journey. Whether we are moving across oceans or just a few kilometres, or in our mind’s eye, into a completely different world, whether we are doing so due to free will or circumstance—we are all travellers.”
The reason behind choosing Priyanka for the cover page was also revealed this way, “And this is why Priyanka Chopra—a star at home and abroad, who has experienced first-hand the opportunities that travel offers—is the perfect ambassador. It’s not about her being a refugee or immigrant or outsider; it’s about her, like us, recognising the power of travel, and joining us in asking everyone to do better for each other.”