Priyanka Chopra on Monday apologised for a travel magazine cover after it sparked outrage with social media users accusing her of insensitivity towards refugees and migrants. The former Miss World is featured on the cover of the October edition of Condé Nast Traveller India wearing a white t-shirt with the words, “Refugee”, “Immigrant” and “Outsider” crossed out in red — leaving only the word “Traveller”. Condé Nast Traveller tweeted the cover photo on October 7 with the tagline “Bold and fearless, @priyankachopra makes a statement on our 6th anniversary issue cover. #WhyWeTravel”. The message on her T-shirt sparked a flurry of criticism on Twitter, with users accusing Chopra of belittling the plight of refugees forced to leave their homes.
“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,” Chopra told NDTV in an interview. “So their idea was that. And I bought into it, I guess. And I am really, really apologetic about the fact that sentiments were hurt … The point the magazine wanted to make was actually something good.”
Chopra is one of the Hindi film industry’s biggest stars and one of only a handful of Indian actors who have broken into mainstream Hollywood, starring in the TV series “Quantico” and in the upcoming film based on the “Baywatch” series.