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Priyanka Chopra draws flak on social media for ‘refugee’ message on her T-shirt

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Priyanka Chopra has been criticized on social media for her traveller (Just and not a refugee) message on a T-shirt she wore for a magazine cover.

Priyanka Chopra has been criticized on social media for her insensitivity over her cover photo on the latest issue of Condé Nast Traveller. In the cover photo, the 34-year-old “Quantico” actress wears a white tank top with the following words ‘refugee’, ‘immigrant’ and ‘outsider’ arranged one below another are struck off with a red line, while just leaving traveller at the end.

The magazine had tweeted “Bold and fearless, @priyankachopra makes a statement on our 6th anniversary issue cover.#PCinCNT #WhyWeTravel”.  Priyanka’s interview in the magazine describes how she loves to travel and has no roots as she resides on an island of her own always on the run. The magazine has claimed that it wants to send a strong message through the cover page.

However, several users on the social media site such as Twitter have called the portrayal insensitive as ‘being a refugee is not a choice that one makes’. A user quoted, “You want to use your celebrity to address real issues? Cool. Just be sure of message you convey.” Another user on Twitter wrote “Oh, I’m sorry, I wasn’t aware that being a refugee is a matter of choice…What you were thinking?”

Nevertheless, some users on Twitter have also defended Priyanka by stating that there may be another interpretation of the message on her T-shirt. A Twitter user tweeted “Priyanka’s shirt means in an ideal world there would be no refugees, immigrants or outsiders. We’d all be travellers, global citizens”. Another added, “@priyankachopra @CNTIndia such an inspiring message on T-shirt, I don’t understand why people are offended with it? Call them all travellers”. 

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