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Priyanka Chopra “A Global Scam Artist”: western racism faces backlash

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Days after Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas tied the knot in a ceremony in Jodhpur an article on the site called ‘The Cut’ went viral after the writer of the post accused Priyanka Chopra of manipulating the younger Jonas Brother into marrying her.

In the since-deleted post, writer Mariah Smith wrote with shocking abrasiveness, how Chopra had married Nick Jonas to catapult her own career into Hollywood stardom and stated that the Bollywood actress was a global scam artist who tricked young Nick, 26, into a lifelong commitment when all he really wanted was a fling”.

That wasn’t all; Smith continued and stated that Chopra had coldly calculated her chances of marrying a random Hollywood celebrity to advance her career. She argued that Chopra and her team looked for men for her and settled on Nick Jonas after the younger man became smitten with her.

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“This young man had enough interest in Priyanka to DM her and publicly proclaim his lust. So as far as Priyanka’s team must have seen it: He’d landed the role.” Smith wrote. She also bashed a lot of classic Indian cultural practices and used them as evidence of how evil Chopra really was.

What’s interesting is that Chopra may just be a bigger star and name than Nick Jonas. While Jonas is popular in America – mind you neither his film or music career ever took off the way Chopra’s did in India- he isn’t as recognizable a face as Priyanka Chopra who has enjoyed international acclaim from much of Asia and the Middle East for her work in Hindi movies like Bajaro Mastani, Mary Kom and Fashion.

Regardless of that, Smith’s article was sexist to the fault and has been rightfully panned all over the Internet. Joining in the chorus was Chopra’s brother in law Joe and future sister-in-law Sophie Turner, who called the piece ‘disgusting’.


Others like Sonam Kapoor, Jameela Jamil, Arjun Kapoor also chimed in with support for Priyanka.


Reham Khan also defended Chopra writing, “Marriage is a beautiful union and these two wonderful people from clearly great families treated with such hate and suspicion is plain spiteful. A beautiful empowered woman who has worked hard from a young age to be called a scam artist reeks of insecurity.”

Chopra has spoken to the Hindustan Times about the article saying, “I don’t even want to react or comment. It’s not even in my stratosphere. I’m in a happy place at this moment. These kinds of random things can’t disturb it.”

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The Cut has issued an apology stating: “Last night, the Cut published a post about Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra’s relationship that shouldn’t have gone up. 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 judgement. This was a mistake, and we apologize to our readers and to Priyanka and Nick.”

With such intense backlash it’s no wonder that the post has been taken down, but Smith’s rhetoric does serve as a reminder of racism faced by South Asians from western people.