Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra apologised for hurting many sentiments ‘unintentionally’ by wearing a T-shirt with insensitive text about refugees. She was vehemently criticised on social media for appearing on a Conde Nast Traveller magazine cover, wearing an 'insensitive' top.
The T-shirt had the words 'migrant', 'refugee' and 'outsider' struck off on it, followed by the word 'traveller.'
I’m really apologetic about sentiments being hurt. I have always been against labels. I am very affected and feel really horrible, but the message has been misconstruedPriyanka Chopra
She said that the magazine's intention by the cover was to combat "xenophobia with labels". "The magazine was very clear that they wanted to send a message about addressing xenophobia with labels," she said.
Conde Nast Traveller had also faced severe criticism from multiple corners cutting across borders for its inappropriate caption at a time the whole world is suffering from the refugee crisis.
Earlier the magazine has come up with the explanation saying its intention was to campaign against labelling people.
They also made it clear that what it conceptualised by the caption was a "world without borders" and "had a point to make".
"We must recognise that we are all on a journey. Whether we are moving across oceans or just a few kilometres, or in our mind's eye, into a completely different world, whether we are doing so due to free will or circumstance - we are all travellers," the magazine said in a statement.
The magazine also explained that it selected Priyanka Chopra as the cover girl for being an inter-continental star with a successful career in Bollywood and Hollywood.
Even before she was an inter-continental star, cultural division was a defining factor of Chopra’s life. At 13, she left her family in India to study in the United States, living with her aunt and uncle in Newton, Mass. But being a gawky teenager and the only Indian girl at school wasn’t without its challenges, namely, xenophobic encounters that proved too suffocating and dispiriting to endure. “I was bullied by a freshman named Jeanine,” she tells me, emphasizing the added shame of being picked on by a younger girl. “She was black, and supremely racist. Jeanine used to say, ‘Brownie, go back to your country, you smell of curry,’ or ‘Do you smell curry coming?’ You know when you’re a kid, and you’re made to feel bad about where your roots are, or what you look like? You don’t understand it, you just feel bad about who you areConde Nast Traveller