Priyanka Cho­pra’s Ge­orge Floyd re­mark earns flak

Fiji Sun - - SHOWBIZ - Priyanka Cho­pra.

Want to ap­pear woke and rel­e­vant? Just ex­press dis­gust at the lat­est hu­man­i­tar­ian cri­sis rock­ing the globe and sign a pe­ti­tion call­ing for jus­tice.

But make sure you don’t choose an is­sue to be en­raged about that’s too close to home, such as the mi­grant labour cri­sis in India, be­cause your arm­chair ac­tivism could blow up in your face.

In other words, take a leaf out of Priyanka Cho­pra Jonas’ con­ve­nient code of so­cial me­dia con­duct where out­rage is se­lec­tive and ac­tivism is lim­ited to for­eign soil.

Cho­pra Jonas, one of India’s most recog­nised cul­tural ex­port to the West, seems to have mas­tered the art of be­ing in­dig­nant about all is­sues non-In­dian. Her choice of top­ics to be en­raged about seems highly or­ches­trated. The brief seems to be sim­ple: Ex­press out­rage about what’s hap­pen­ing around the globe, but main­tain a deaf­en­ing si­lence if it’s hap­pen­ing in India.

A few days ago, Cho­pra cham­pi­oned for Ge­orge Floyd, the African-Amer­i­can civil­ian who was choked to death by a Po­lice of­fi­cer, spark­ing protests across the US.

“Wher­ever you live, what­ever your cir­cum­stances, NO ONE deserves to die, es­pe­cially at the hands of an­other be­cause of their skin colour,” posted

Cho­pra Jonas on In­sta­gram, along with the hash­tag #Jus­ticeForGe­orgeFloyd. But many have ques­tioned, where was this anger and em­pa­thy when Po­lice were bru­tally beat­ing up JNU stu­dents in Delhi or when mi­nori­ties in India died due to com­mu­nal vi­o­lence?

Her ‘per­for­ma­tive woke-ness’ and her ap­par­ent ap­a­thy to­wards is­sues trou­bling her na­tive coun­try haven’t gone un­no­ticed as a large sec­tion of so­cial me­dia users called her out for her dou­ble stan­dards and hypocrisy.

Be­ing a rebel with a wor­thy cause ap­pro­pri­ated from the West won’t cut it any­more, they seem to say.

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