I am an Indian woman who loves watching Disney fairytales and Hollywood rom-coms, where two people just meet suddenly and fall in love. For me, watching Priyanka Chopra achieve global domination and then go on to find and marry the love of her life, Nick Jonas, is a lot more about vicarious brown girl pride. She did it, girls. She’s living the dream.
Does this mean that I, a ‘woke’ millennial, do not know that each and every frame of their relationship and wedding Is picture perfect for a reason?
PeeCee and Nick have done what countless Hollywood/Bollywood/high society celeb couples before them have done. Turned their wedding into a media spectacle, sold rights to their photos to magazines, and presented a picture perfect fairytale to us. And for that, they’ve received their share of flak too.
What’s more, the age gap between the two has bothered the very people who’ve happily supported older Bollywood heroes romancing actresses their daughters’ age. I mean, if Nick and his family didn’t have a problem, excuse but who you?
And then came this article by The Cut, published in the New York Magazine, that calls Priyanka Chopra a global scam artist who forced a naïve Nick Jonas into marrying against his will.
I kid you not, those were the exact words written by Mariah Smith, the author of this trash-talking article.
It was amazing to see how gullible NY Mag thought its readers would be. They published an article written by a woman of colour about another woman of colour, trashing her for spending her own money extravagantly, and forcing a man, of legal age and outrageous popularity himself, to marry her.
And the words used speak so much to the writer’s journalistic integrity and morality!
Throughout the article, the writer attempts to convince you that PeeCee is a gold-digging, fame-loving scam artist, with a love for the finer things in life. And she fails so miserably, her fall’s greater than Humpty Dumpty’s.
She even goes on to write scathingly about Priyanka’s choice to hold a lavish desi wedding, being completely clueless of Indian weddings’ scale in general.
Clearly, nobody sent her the Ambani’s wedding invites forwards on WhatsApp. Or articles about the number of Indians on top in the Forbes’ richest list. Arre isko bataao koi how many Sabyasachi lehengas are sold per year, to be worn in Indian weddings abroad!
What’s worse is that she portrayed Priyanka Chopra, a former Miss World and global star as a woman who scammed a gullible popstar into matrimony, only to leverage his fame.
She could take a look at PeeCee’s 30 million plus followers, compare it to our Nick Jiju’s 18 million followers, and get her facts right. And even if he were more popular than her, who cares?
Has she made similar comparisons for other celeb couples? Or does this one get special preference because it is a South Asian woman who deigned to marry an American sweetheart?
And this, kids, is a prime example of a racist, xenophobic, ignorant piece of yellow journalism that deserves to die a painful death. The article isn’t just about slamming Priyanka Chopra’s wedding; it manages to ignorantly hurt the sentiments of an entire country and its people.
The outrage against this piece was massive. And it wasn’t because Priyanka Chopra is the apple of the media’s eye.
The criticism came as much from non-fans of the couple, as it did from fans who knew what a well-orchestrated publicity stunt the wedding was, and still loved every second of it.
“All Nick wanted was a possible fling with Hollywood’s latest It Woman, but instead he wound up staring straight at a life sentence with a global scam artist.” This is really disappointing @TheCut that you platformed this vicious, uninformed piece. https://t.co/6hvtufDJWY
— Rituparna Chatterjee (@MasalaBai) December 5, 2018
— Lisa Braun Dubbels (@lisadubbels) December 5, 2018
Oh good, let's have a woman (of color, no less) perpetuate the myth of an older foreign woman entrapping and corrupting the wholesome and naive white man.
Forget petty. This piece is problematic and embarrassing.
— Sasha Verma (@sasha_verma) December 5, 2018
Wow. Didn't really expect this type of narrative. Whether they're real or not, this article is a new low. Hope you find better things to write about.
— name cannot be blank (@jwakhan) December 5, 2018
— 🌻Meredith Snepp🌻 (@m_snepp) December 5, 2018
Oh snap. Let me step aside the much-mentioned “scornful-jealously” tone of this OPINION piece.
No doubt the marriage is PR. But girlfriend is pointing out Priyanka is a high-maintenance, social climbing opportunist: in other words, your daily Hollywood!
— Diann D (@DianeDMa1) 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
There is an art to dissecting celebrity culture, and this dumb, petty, misogynistic, racist piece of trash isn’t it. I really don’t feel like listing the many ways @TheCut fucked up on Hindu culture before even getting to the banality of this dumb story. https://t.co/mUCDCm8xaG
— Beejoli Shah (@beejoli) December 5, 2018
.@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:
1. He isn't a helpless bachcha who got trapped. She, a RELEVANT star resurrected a has-been child star's "career".
— Nehmat Kaur (@nehmatks) December 5, 2018
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
‘How to make him say yes’ ‘how to make yourself irresistible for a guy’ – the writer seems to be a fan of such articles
— Renuka Vyavahare (@renukaVyavahare) December 5, 2018
Not only this article makes no point.. It is also Absolutely racist,xenophobic hateful writing by @mRiah ! Shameful that she seems to have an issue that @priyankachopra an Indian is rich and accomplished & splurges her own money.
Sick @nymagPR published this.
— Maya (@Sharanyashettyy) December 5, 2018
Agreed. Everyone associated with writing and publishing this article is pic.twitter.com/GO7kIB5PwN
— Veronica NaNoWriMo 🦋 (@WriteRonni) December 5, 2018
The sexism, racism & xenophobia really jumped out lol. You're so mad that a deserving Indian woman found someone who values her worth. The one time a South Asian woman is thriving in Hollywood after working so hard, she gets called a scammer. I hope you do some soul-searching.
— Eva (@EvaFromThe6ix) December 5, 2018
If this is meant to be satirical or humorous, it has sadly missed the point. Instead it’s just sexist, ageist and culturally ignorant to Priyanka Chopra’s background. https://t.co/fbYwpeBsv5
— Piya Sinha-Roy (@PiyaSRoy) December 5, 2018
Either the satire in this is buried deep, or @TheCut is really out here publishing sexist, ageist, borderline-racist celebrity fanfiction.
There's definitely something to be written about the hyper-monetisation of a high-profile relationship, but this… isn't it https://t.co/RLPk04at1y
— Tara Mulholland (@tara_mulholland) December 5, 2018
This has to be one of the stupidest articles going around about THE WEDDING. "Is Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' love for real?". It may be, it may not be. In either case, as we say in India "tere baap ka kya jaata hai" which loosely tranlated is "your daddy what goes?"
— TheOddfather101 (@TheOddfather101) December 5, 2018
Was this written by one of the couple’s exes and edited by the devil? lol what a weird toxic read.
— Gigi F. Diaz (@voidofchill) December 5, 2018
— Ankit Mishra (@AnkitMishrra) December 5, 2018
Backlash on this article is only natural. Do not think it's because "Indians are getting pissed about Priyanka being targetted", @NYMag, it is because this crap you've published is hateful, speculative, racist, sexist and ageist. Disgusting!https://t.co/5xvl682zTg https://t.co/OYudmPL8iS
— VIVEK (@ivivek_nambiar) December 5, 2018
Beware! This article itself is a scam. Enough said. https://t.co/1K4rijmIrF
— Olubunmi Okunnu (@OluOkunnu) December 5, 2018
— Lauren Wolfe (@Wolfe321) December 5, 2018
You know what they say? The hate you give out into the world finds a way of coming back to you. As a fellow journalist, all I can tell Mariah Smith is, stop spewing venom. Because if that’s your journalistic voice, then nobody wants to hear it.