Right now it is just a rebranding and not a split, but adding the name of a boy bander to her own did nothing for her career, except not get her expelled from the movie industry in her own country.

She can’t go back to being single because wives won’t let her work with their husbands.

No one here would care if they split, because no one believes it is real anyway.

Priyanka Chopra

Nick Jonas

Priyanka Chopra is a Global Icon. But South Asians Find Her Problematic.

Last week, when a trailer of the American reality show The Activist hit social media, it also hit a collective raw nerve in India.

And Ayesha Malik found herself tagged on “hundreds” of tweets. Critics fear that the six “activists” on the CBS show will lock horns not really to create real impact, but to earn woke points on social media.

One of the judges in the show is Indian actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas, known for her role in the ABC series Quantico and the upcoming The Matrix sequel. Forbes listed her as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in 2018, while TIME counted her as among the 100 most influential people in the world. She’s married to American musician Nick Jonas.

“I’ve not commented on this show anywhere,” Malik, a human rights advocate who lives in Alaska, told VICE World News. “All I can say is, this is just so ironic.”

Malik’s stand-off with Chopra in 2019 is etched in the memory of most South Asians. The 30-year-old, who hails from Pakistan, had confronted Chopra at a public event in Los Angeles six months after India conducted airstrikes in Pakistani territory—the first since a war between the two countries in 1971. India and Pakistan have historically not gotten along, and their borders often see military aggression.

Malik said her family in Pakistan lived in abject fear as tensions escalated between the two countries. Chopra, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, was among the prominent Indians who supported the airstrikes back then. So when Malik took the mic and called her a “hypocrite” for calling herself a humanitarian and yet supporting military aggression against their neighbour, the mic was taken away from her hands.

Chopra infamously responded, “Whenever you’re done venting… got it, done? Okay, cool,” followed by “Girl, don’t yell. Don’t embarrass yourself,” when Malik tried to speak. The exchange went viral.

Two years on, Malik can’t help but call Chopra’s participation in The Activist ironic. “When there was a real activist speaking to her, she shut her down. She took the mic from her,” said Malik. “And the way I continue to get tagged on the show shows that I’m not the only one who thinks that.” – Source

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