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“You Are a UNICEF Ambassador for Peace, and You’re Encouraging Nuclear War…”

by in World on 14th August, 2019

Feature Image: Ayesha Malik

Indian actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra was confronted at BeautyCon for her public support for the Indian army, Chopra tweeted “Jai Hind #IndianArmedForces” on February the 26th. The tweet she sent was made at an extremely sensitive time given the history between India and Pakistan and the recent developments in Kashmir.

Chopra was called out in the tweet for her bias especially given that she is a UN Ambassador. The Indian army is currently being deployed in their thousands to Kashmir.

Ayesha Malik, who has 122k followers on Instagram, regularly posting hair and beauty posts, attended Beauty Con this year and was seen to call out Priyanka Chopra on her tweet. Malik, an activist who works in Alaska with her brothers and father at the local dealership, was given a mic and proceeded to call out Chopra. Malik was silenced, with the mic being taken off her and her comment dismissed by Chopra as ‘venting’.

In a recent interview with online platform Gal-Dem, Malik shared her feelings about seeing the tweet which subsequently encouraged her to question and call Chopra out,

“It was a pretty scary day because my family in Pakistan were messaging us in Alaska saying, ‘Hey, we’re getting food and water. We’re trying to find shelter running for the hills. We fear bombs outside.’ India was about to attack. And I’m terrified. I don’t think I’m ever gonna see my family again. Because 99% of my family  live in Pakistan. And what was running through my mind at the moment was that we are what’s left of our lineage.”

Many on Twitter accused Chopra of missing the mark and failing to take the opportunity to highlight what was happening.

Petitions have also been started to remove Chopra as goodwill ambassador.

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