Indian celebrities like actresses Sonam Kapoor Ahuja and Swara Bhasker, along with Priyanka's brother and sister-in-law Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner, have criticised journalist Mariah Smith for writing a "racist" article about actress Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas' wedding. In The New York Mag's TheCut article, the journalist called Priyanka, 36, a "global scam artist", who tricked young Jonas, 26, into a lifelong commitment when all he really wanted was a fling.
"Priyanka: She is a modern-day scam artist, in my opinion. That's right: Nicholas Jonas married into a fraudulent relationship against his will this past Saturday, December the 1st, and I'll tell you why I think so...," it read.
After the article got circulated on social media, it garnered huge flak from some of the members of Indian film fraternity. "For a publication that 'shows women what they are made of', TheCut has a lot to answer for. The article on Priyanka was sexist, racist and disgusting. Also it's written by a woman which is so sad. It reeks of envy and bitterness. Mariah, shame on you," Sonam tweeted on Wednesday.
For a publication that “shows women’s what they are made of” @TheCut has a lot to answer for . The article on @priyankachopra was sexist , racist and disgusting. Also it’s written by a woman which is so sad. It reeks of envy and bitterness. @mRiah shame on you! https://t.co/bmbbX7LrAT— Sonam K Ahuja (@sonamakapoor) December 5, 2018
Sophie Turner, who is engaged to Joe, slammed the article on Twitter, calling it "wildly inappropriate". "This is wildly inappropriate and totally disgusting. Very disappointed that The Cut would give anyone a platform to spew such bullshit," she said. Joe wrote, "This is disgusting. @TheCut should be ashamed to have someone write such evil words. What Nick & Pri have is Beautiful Love. Thank u, Next."
This is wildly inappropriate and totally disgusting. Very disappointed that The Cut would give anyone a platform to spew such bullshit. https://t.co/iYKaifKJP6— Sophie Turner (@SophieT) December 5, 2018
Swara also expressed her disappointment on the micro-blogging site. "Depressed with the state of the world and current affairs? Here is some good old fashioned puerile filth published by TheCut to add some pointless venom to your day. Also someone invite Mariah to an Indian wedding, might assuage some of her misguided angst! Yellow Journalism," tweeted the "Tanu Weds Manu" actress.
Depressed with the state of the world & current affairs? Here’s some good ol’ fashioned puerile filth published by @TheCut 2 add some pointless venom 2 ur day. Also someone invite @mRiah to an Indian wedding 🙄🙄🙄 Might assuage some of her misguided angst! #yellowjournalism https://t.co/3q8cPMElrp— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) December 5, 2018
In the article, Smith also said: "Priyanka's indulgences and what she views as necessities speak volumes to her personality and what she'll do, or think she needs to do, for her career...." Smith also slammed the couple, who got married in Jodhpur last week, saying they had their high profile wedding just to make money.
"Priyanka and Nick are finding ways for their 'love' make them money - circumventing the methods used by the celebrities of yore, who stuck to selling their wedding or baby photos to magazines," the article added.
Veteran writer-producer Vinta Nanda was left "shocked" after reading Smith's write-up. "What does the writer mean by saying that he is gotten married against his will to a fraudulent relationship? Does the writer not see in pictures that it was one of the most beautiful weddings ever?" added Nanda.
Sona found the article "deeply disgusting". "To character assassinate a hardworking, driven, achiever like Priyanka Chopra in this warped, petty manner and for TheCut to publish such a low-brow piece is the lowest of the lows. 'Priyanka's plan to make this Nick Jonas opportunity her forever b***h?' Sick," Sona sighed.
Deeply disgusting. To character assassinate a hardworking, driven, achiever like Priyanka Chopra in this warped,petty manner & for @TheCut to publish such a low-brow piece is the lowest of the lows. “Priyanka’s plan to make this Nick Jonas opportunity her forever bitch” ?!!? Sick https://t.co/jV6bGChwhY— ShutUpSona (@sonamohapatra) December 5, 2018
Priyanka, a former Miss World, is one of the leading Bollywood actresses. The "Mary Kom" star is also popular in the US for her American TV show "Quantico".
.@TheCut's piece on @priyankachopra and @nickjonas is t r a s h. I don't even think their relationship's real but here goes:— Nehmat Kaur (@nehmatks) December 5, 2018
1. He isn't a helpless bachcha who got trapped. She, a RELEVANT star resurrected a has-been child star's "career".
Hey The Cut, this is bullshit!! Getting a black woman to share her "views" about a successful, self made brown Indian woman doesn't change the fact that the piece is racist & sexist. Shaming a brown woman for her lifestyle choices shows your disgusting mindset. #PriyankaChopra https://t.co/AnpiGCWKER— Amena (@Fashionopolis) December 5, 2018
What a nasty piece of goods the writer is. Did you mean to be funny? Cos you end up sounding sexist & racist. A dreadful piece.— Naomi Datta (@nowme_datta) December 5, 2018
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(With IANS inputs)
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