Priyanka Chopra Racism Unfinished: The international actor opened up about receiving hate and racist messages after her singing debut in the US.
Many celebrities of colour in Hollywood have opened up about how they faced racism not only from the industry, but also from people outside of it. Priyanka Chopra is one such celebrity who has spoken about this very issue. The 38-year old actor, singer, producer and now an author has revealed how she was at the receiving end of hate and racist messages after she made her singing debut in the US with In My City, alongside the American rapper will.i.am.
In her memoir Unfinished which was released on February 9, Priyanka penned down “how the excitement of having her debut song released was destroyed by a storm of explicitly racist hate e-mails and tweets.”
She wrote, “I remember the thrill of turning on the television the first night it aired and seeing myself introducing the game in a prerecorded announcement, and then watching the upbeat ‘In My City’ promo video along with the millions of others who were tuned in. From where I sat, there was no better way for me and my music to be introduced to mainstream America than through an NFL weekly spot. #GameOn!”
However, she added that her bubble was quickly burst when she received all the hate and racist attacks. In fact, she opened up about receiving the vilest racist messages like “What’s a brown terrorist doing promoting an all-Americal game?” and “Go back to the Middle East and put your burka on”. The actor wrote that the worst of all which she still finds hard to talk and write about was “Go back to your country and get gang-raped.”
Priyanka Chopra Racism Unfinished: During childhood
Priyanka Chopra’s memoir provides glimpses of her journey from childhood to stardom. In the memoir which has become the bestseller in India, UK and USA, she also wrote about the racism she had to endure when she was a teenager studying in the US as well as later in life in various parts of the book.
Moreover, Priyanka spoke about her encounters with racism in the US high schools in a previous interview with the French-British international monthly magazine Marie-Claire. “In high school, I feel like the kids who were after me didn’t even understand why. I think it’s that they decided that they were more powerful than someone else—me—and when you pick on someone, it’s because you’re insecure,” she said.