Indian Actress Apologizes for “Refugee” T-Shirt Magazine Cover Shoot


From MSN: Priyanka Chopra has apologized for posing for a magazine cover in a T-shirt that caused a Twitter backlash, with people accusing her of being insensitive toward refugees.

The Quantico star was featured on the cover of the Indian edition of Conde Nast Traveler magazine, or Conde Nast Traveller in the British spelling used in India.

The cover showed Chopra wearing a white T-shirt, which had the words “refugee,” “immigrant” and “outsider” crossed out, leaving only the word “traveller.” The 34-year-old actress soon found herself at the center of a social media storm.


“Extremely insensitive in midst of biggest #refugeecrises. All other options listed [on theT-shirt] are forced on people, not chosen,” tweeted Savita Pawnday. “Oh, I’m sorry, I wasn’t aware that being a refugee is a matter of choice… What were you thinking?!” posted Anum R Chagani. And another Twitter user, HannanMust, echoed the sentiment, saying: “I’m quite upset. Really stupid thing to do to just grab attention u don’t need. Wise up.”

In an interview that aired Monday on Indian news network NDTV, Chopra said the magazine’s publisher “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.”

She added that it was the magazine’s idea, “and I bought into it, I guess.” Continued Chopra: “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 also said that she was “really affected [by the backlash], I felt really horrible.”

Conde Nast posted a statement on its website, explaining the intended message behind the cover.

It’s about how our labeling of people as immigrants, refugees and outsiders is creating a culture of xenophobia.… It’s about how we are allowing some powerful leaders to build barriers that make it more difficult for bright, motivated and hardworking people to see more of the world, learn from it and make it better for us all.”

The statement concluded that the cover was not about Chopra “being a refugee or immigrant or outsider; it’s about her, like us, recognizing the power of travel, and joining us in asking everyone to do better for each other.”

Chopra can currently be seen in the second season of Quantico. She will make her Hollywood feature debut in next summer’s Baywatch.



7 responses to “Indian Actress Apologizes for “Refugee” T-Shirt Magazine Cover Shoot

  1. Kevin J Lankford

    No matter what these fools think and believe, it is clear, the true purpose behind the current push of immigration and demand for acceptance of refugees is for the erosion of any form of cultural or racial loyalties, and intentional creation of chaos and a bastardized people of unprincipled mindless subjects.

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  2. It is a truly sad statement when a person has to apologize for her / his thoughts . It’s ridiculous , these so-called ” migrants ” are nothing more than human excrement …..Spreading their disease all over the world .

    P.C. has won . And we are the losers ………………This pussy mindset has to be turned around

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  3. It was clear to me what the message was on the shirt. People that allow words to drive them to such mindless dribble is EXACTLY what the message is about.
    Useful Idiot
    All are labels. It’s just up to us which one will offend us.

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  4. Another actress succumbs to the Hollywood Left’s totalitarian group think. 😦

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  5. This young lady needs to tell the people that are offended by her T-Shirt to ” SHOVE IT UP THEIR A$$!” It doesn’t matter what you do, say or wear, some A-Hole is going to WHINE like a baby and say they are offended. People like that offend ME!

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  6. Just another Hollyweird type who thinks she is so smart she needs to council the rest of us as to what to think or believe. I rather liked her in Quantico, but I just added her to my “do not watch list,” which is similar to the governments “do not fly list.”

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  7. Sometimes less is not more.

    There are times when a complex matter is best explained as fully as possible, to avoid misconceptions and misunderstandings. Oversimplification may reduce complex matters to shouting matches.


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