Actor Priyanka Chopra’s latest magazine cover, in which she sports a t-shirt, has not gone down well with fans, who took to social media to slam it as “insensitive.”
The 34-year-old Quantico actor’s plain white t-shirt features refugee, immigrant, out-sider, traveller arranged one below another but the first three words are struck off with a red line, suggesting that Priyanka is a traveller.
But some Twitter users slammed the cover.
One wrote, “Oh, I’m sorry, I wasn’t aware that being a refugee is a matter of choice…What were you thinking?!”
“@cntindia being a refugee is NOT a choice, it’s a matter of survival. i was already disappointed for her comments abt feminism, now this,” a Twitter user posted.
However, there were others who thought the cover was not offensive or insensitive.
“Priyanka’s shirt means in an ideal world there would be no refugees, immigrants or outsiders. We’d all be travellers, global citizens,” one said.
Another added, “@priyankachopra @CNTIndia such an inspiring Msg on Tshirt, I don’t understand why people are offended with it? Call them all travellers.”
Receiving all the backlash, Conde Nast Traveller were quick to release an open media letter stating:
“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 actress Priyanka Chopra wear a T-shirt we created on the cover of our 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 — that we are all travellers.
And this is why Priyanka Chopra — a star at home and abroad, who has experienced firsthand the opportunities that travel offers — is the perfect ambassador.”