On Monday, actress Priyanka Chopra apologized for a travel magazine cover that triggered a massive outrage alleging her of being insensitive for wearing a tee with the words, “REFUGEE”, “IMMIGRANT” and “OUTSIDER” crossed out in red — leaving only the word “TRAVELLER”.
The magazine Condé Nast Traveller had tweeted the cover picture on October 7 that did not go down well with many people:
— Condé Nast Traveller (@CNTIndia) October 10, 2016
Ms Chopra said that the message was to address the issue of racism and has been miscontrued. Here’s what she said in an interview with a leading news channel, “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. And I am really, really apologetic about the fact that sentiments were hurt … The point the magazine wanted to make was actually something good.”
Here’s what Condé Nast Traveller magazine said, “At Condé Nast Traveller, we believe that the opening up of borders and the breaking down of walls can help us discover the world, and open up our minds and hearts. So, when we had actor Priyanka Chopra wear a t-shirt we created on the cover of the 6th anniversary issue, we had a point to make.”
Now that Ms Chopra has herself apologized on the matter, we hope things get back to normal soon.
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