New York mag­a­zine deletes ar­ti­cle call­ing Priyanka Cho­pra a 'scam artist'

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - INTERNATIONAL - By Michael Safi

New York mag­a­zine has deleted an ar­ti­cle that la­belled the ac­tor Priyanka Cho­pra a “global scam artist” who had conned mu­si­cian Nick Jonas into mar­ry­ing her af­ter it was widely panned, es­pe­cially by In­dian read­ers.

The piece, pub­lished on the mag­a­zine’s the Cut web­site, a spinoff aimed at fe­male read­ers, painted Cho­pra, 36, as a cal­cu­lat­ing fig­ure whose re­la­tion­ship with Jonas was in­flu­enced more by a de­sire to fur­ther her ca­reer than love.

“Ni­cholas Jonas mar­ried into a fraud­u­lent re­la­tion­ship against his will this past Satur­day,” the author, Mariah Smith, wrote.

“All Nick wanted was a pos­si­ble fling with Hol­ly­wood’s lat­est It Woman, but in­stead he wound up star­ing straight at a life sen­tence with a global scam artist,” the piece added.

It likened Cho­pra’s re­la­tion­ship with Jonas, a for­mer boy­band star turned solo mu­si­cian and ac­tor, to a busi­ness de­ci­sion and a splurge on lux­ury items.

The piece ended: “Nick, if you’re read­ing this, find that horse and gal­lop away as fast as you can!”

Cho­pra, a for­mer Miss World and the most suc­cess­ful In­dian ac­tor to cross over into the Amer­i­can en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, mar­ried Jonas, 26, in a lav­ish four-day cer­e­mony in Ra­jasthan state over the week­end.

She told the Hin­dus­tan Times on Thurs­day: “I don’t even want to re­act or com­ment [on the ar­ti­cle]. It’s not even in my strato­sphere. I’m in a happy place at this mo­ment. These kind of ran­dom things can’t dis­turb it.”

Cho­pra’s act­ing ca­reer started a few years af­ter she rose to promi­nence as the win­ner of the 2000 Miss World pageant. By 2015 she had es­tab­lished her­self as a ma­jor Bol­ly­wood star and made the jump to the US, where she head­lined the now-can­celled TV drama Quan­tico.

Jonas was the youngest mem­ber of the boy­band the Jonas Brothers, who shot to fame in 2007 and be­came sta­ples of var­i­ous Dis­ney Chan­nel pro­grammes and films, in­clud­ing Camp Rock and their own se­ries, Jonas Brothers: Liv­ing the Dream. He has since be­come a solo artist, and re­leased his last al­bum in 2016.

The piece im­me­di­ately drew a back­lash from In­dian read­ers in­clud­ing Bol­ly­wood ac­tors and high-pro­file jour­nal­ists. Jonas’ brother Joe and his fi­ancee, So­phie Turner, also voiced com­plaints at the “dis­gust­ing” de­scrip­tions of their sis­ter-in-law.

Sev­eral Twit­ter users called the piece racist, ar­gu­ing a white woman’s con­sump­tion of lux­ury goods would at­tract less scru­tiny than that of an In­dian woman, as well as sex­ist, por­tray­ing Jonas as wide-eyed and sin­cere, in con­trast to the schem­ing Cho­pra.

The piece was first amended to re­move some of the more gra­tu­itous de­scrip­tions of Cho­pra, then deleted al­to­gether.

“Last night, the Cut pub­lished a post about Nick Jonas and Priyanka Cho­pra’s re­la­tion­ship that shouldn’t have gone up,” read a note posted in its place.

“We’ve re­ceived dozens of mes­sages from read­ers ex­press­ing their anger. We want you to know that we hear you and we’re sorry. The whole piece missed the mark.

“There is no good ex­pla­na­tion for this other than hu­man er­ror and poor judg­ment. This was a mis­take, and we apol­o­gise to our read­ers and to Priyanka and Nick.”

(Cour­tesy : The Guardian)

Bol­ly­wood ac­tress Priyanka Cho­pra and her hus­band singer Nick Jonas pose dur­ing a photo op­por­tu­nity at their wed­ding re­cep­tion in New Delhi

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