Priyanka Chopra apologises for her controversial magazine cover
Actress Priyanka Chopra has apologised for her magazine cover picture wearing a tank-top, which sparked an outrage on social media after many found it to be offensive and insensitive.
The ‘Quantico’ actress appeared on the Indian edition of Condé Nast Traveller’s sixth anniversary cover, wearing a white top with the words ‘refugee’, ‘immigrant’ and ‘outsider’ on the garment struck off with a red line, while ‘traveller’ isn’t. Priyanka was accused of being insensitive towards the plight of refugees who are forced to leave their homes.
In an interview with NDTV on Monday (Oct. 17), Priyanka said, “I’m really apologetic about the fact that so many sentiments were hurt... I'm someone who always stands for no labels. I was very affected and I felt really, really horrible and that was never the intention.”
She said that the message was aimed at addressing racism and had been misunderstood. "It got misconstrued, and I'm sorry people saw it like that and they saw it on me," the actress added.
Priyanka further said, “They (Condé Nast) specially got this (t-shirt) made and implored me to wear it. They said they were addressing xenophobia which is a big issue that is happening. So, their idea was that. And I bought into it, I guess. The point the magazine wanted to make was actually something good."
About a week ago, the travel magazine also issued a statement explaining its intention behind the message. “It’s about how our labelling of people as immigrants, refugees and outsiders is creating a culture of xenophobia,” the statement said, explaining that the message was to “demand a world free of racism and bigotry and prejudice” and make a point of breaking down walls.