Priyanka Chopra IS A GLOBAL SCAM ARTIST? No, you are racist
‘The Cut’ columnist wrote a disgruntled, vile piece on the global superstar
WHEN you go to Mariah Smith’s Twitter profile for a look at the writer who is dominating social media trends today, you come across a pinned tweet. It says, “I’m so f ****** nice to everybody, and everyone is so vile to me.” Then you take a closer look at her display picture. A radiant face. Of a black woman.
A black woman in 2018 New York. So when you go back and re-read the article that has left social media reeling today, Is Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’ Love For Real?, you are forced to wonder, “Is this for real?” Ablack woman living and tweeting from Trump-era New York can come up with and put in words such racist, lookist, ageist and over all else – a downright vile and personal attack on Priyanka Chopra.
Priyanka is a “global scam artist”, Smith says in her column. She offers nothing to back her claim. Nada. She says how Nick Jonas needs to get on the horse that he rode to his wedding and “gallop away as fast as you can”.
India to the West, even in 2018, is probably the land of snake-charmers and elephants
– and horses that we ride to weddings. But Mariah, whose ancestors went to the US from Africa, has probably been cut a more raw deal. None of us is unaware of the atrocities that blacks in the US have faced, and are still facing. Smith writing an article so evidently laced with bitterness and hatred for an immigrant, arriviste Priyanka Chopra, is therefore, like an animal rights activist getting trampled over by a cow (confession: that’s a line from a Hollywood film, Confessions of A Shopaholic. Because an Indian equivalent would of course be lost on Smith). The cows, to people like Mariah, we Indians worship. Because, hey, Priyanka is brown who made it big in the US by “scamming” Hollywood. So she cannot have a “normal” wedding, cannot fall in love with a man 10 years younger and obviously cannot give her husband a HAPPY relationship.
“Nicholas Jonas married into a fraudulent relationship against his will... and I’ll tell you why I think so,” Smith begins her tirade with this and goes on to speculate in painstaking detail why she thinks this is a “fraudulent relationship”. She is not a disgruntled fan writing on the woman who stole the man of her dreams. This is a columnist writing for New York Magazine’s ‘The Cut’ about a global superstar – a woman who made it big in a country known for its morethan-gracious attitude to Indians, in an industry that gave us Hrundi v Bakshi. Priyanka Chopra will tell you so.
But what exactly is Ms Smith’s problem? Is it the fact that “Hollywood had seen nothing like Priyanka Chopra” till she landed in America? Or is it that she apparently fooled Nick
What exactly is the issue? Is it that Hollywood had not seen anything like Priyanka or that she ‘fooled’ Nick into marriage?
Jonas into marrying her?
And even if – for a split second, let’s assume – Priyanka DID fool someone Nick, is he a lovestruck 5-year-old who cannot see true love from fakery? Is that how gullible Americans are? For heaven’s sake, at least have some respect for your own countryman.
As for us, we are happy when a just-another-Indian-girl breaks the glass ceiling in the male-dominated, white-dominated film industry and appearing at the Met Gala with the man of her choice.
Meanwhile, ‘The Cut’ updated the story multiple times before taking it down and apologising.
Newlyweds Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra arrive in Mumbai (right) and at the Met Gala earlier this year.