Questioning actor Priyanka Chopra’s humanitarian activities as a UNICEF brand ambassador, a Pakistani-American, Ayesha Malik, directly called her a ‘hypocrite’.
The war of words between Priyanka Chopra and Ayesha Malik is now circulating hot across media globally. The untoward incident happened at BeautyCon, a beauty festival in Los Angeles, on Saturday during a Question & Answer session.
In the event, Priyanka Chopra had been talking about her humanitarian activities, which irked Malik. In the Question and Answer session, Ayesha retorted: “It was kind of hard hearing you talk about humanity, because, as your neighbour, a Pakistani, I know you are a bit of a hypocrite”. Ayesha’s irate reaction was in response to a tweet that Chopra had sent in support of the Indian armed forces on 26 February, the same day India conducted airstrikes (Balakot attack) in Pakistan. “You are a Unicef ambassador for peace and you are encouraging nuclear war against Pakistan,” a 28-year-old Malik blamed.
To this Priyanka Chopra replied: “War is not something that I’m really fond of, but I am patriotic. The confrontation was captured on camera and went viral, prompting headlines internationally.
As their war of words involved politics, soon it found a place across media globally. In India, Jammu and Kashmir issue has become a hot topic after BJP-led Modi Government withdrew the special status for Kashmir by repealing Article 370. Those who support Pakistan on the issue also attacking Priyanka Chopra, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, on social media for her taking a pro-Modi stand.
Ayesha Malik also chided Chopra for her unquestioning support of the Indian army at a time when India has revoked Jammu and Kashmir states' autonomy. Later, Ayesha Malik tweeted: “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”.