For Her Jingoistic, False Activism, Mehwish Hayat Slams Priyanka Chopra

For Her Jingoistic, False Activism, Mehwish Hayat Slams Priyanka Chopra
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Actress Mehwish Hayat is the latest to smash Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra for her fake celebrity activism after an indignant Pakistani fan at a Beauty Con previously this month criticized the Indian actor far and wide for responding inadequately to her pro-war tweet.

The Pakistani star Mehwish Hayat talked about the message of harmony in an opinion piece for CNN, and how those with the power to influence millions can play an active and important role in achieving this, particularly in the ongoing crisis over Kashmir between Indian and Pakistan.

Ayesha Malik, a Pakistani, chided Chopra at the case in LA for her undisputed support of the Indian military at a moment when India revoked the independence of Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s office claims India’s transition to change the district’s status is in breach of resolutions of the UN Security Council. And Pakistan’s minister of human rights called the action as atrocities.

“I hear you. Whenever you’re done venting. Got it? Done? OK, cool,” Chopra had replied condescendingly, going on to add,“Girl, don’t yell, we’re all here for love. You’re embarrassing yourself.”

Anyone who asks for your stance on delicate issues is venting! Seriously PC? Do you answer all your questions like this?

Mehwish Hayat wrote an op-ed for CNN titled ‘The Problem with Priyanka Chopra,’ where she called on the Bollywood actor to fail to meet her responsibilities as a celebrity and a goodwill ambassador to the United Nations.

Chopra’s response “did have the effect of both shining a light on the crisis in Kashmir (despite India’s media blackout and food blockade there), and forcing many of us to think about celebrity activism, its uses – and its abuses. Celebrities who act as charity spokespeople should always focus on humanitarianism. Chopra – again, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador – should not be using her voice to legitimize a regime opposed to the values she claims to represent,” Hayat wrote.

“This is important in Hollywood, but just as much in Bollywood, where the industry has too often been used to fuel hate and Islamophobia.”

“Indian PM Modi has arguably co-opted and weaponised the country’s film industry. It is difficult, often impossible, for Pakistani actors to find work in India. Pakistan is a Muslim majority nation, and Islamophobia is a top-down industry in India: at the top, hyper-nationalist films, songs and slogans teach the masses to hate. At the grassroots, Muslims have been killed for so-called “crimes,” such as eating beef,” Hayat opined.

Moreover, the Challawa Actor said, “Celebrity activism often escapes the kind of scrutiny most political activism is subjected to. It is often seen as either positive or pointless – but rarely dangerous.”

“Rather than use her position as a US-based celebrity to broaden what it means to be an Indian celebrity; she has fallen into the same jingoistic role that her fellow countrymen are forced to adopt at home.”

“It’s this kind of failure that tempts many observers to insist that celebrities stay out of politics completely. Just look at the damage those ill-informed starlets can cause, they say, wading into issues they know nothing about. They should shut up and stick to entertaining us – in silence.”

Hayat also disclosed her efforts to unite with impact. “These are issues I have struggled with for years. I’m well known in my native Pakistan and (increasingly) internationally, I have an audience that I can influence. Speaking up as a young woman, and especially as an artist, in Pakistan is not easy, so I have to pick my battles carefully.

“My intention when speaking about women’s rights, girls’ education, or supporting humanitarian charity work is to unite people – not divide them.

“The only way to do this is to avoid the path of least resistance – populist rhetoric – and focus on the universal humanitarian causes that all sides can agree on.

“This where Priyanka Chopra and others have made a mistake: by lending their name to racism dressed up as patriotism, they have done us all a disservice.”

Since its foundation in 1947, Mehwish discussed how Pakistan has always been on the verge of war. The volatile history and birth of the country did not help. It wasn’t easy to build peace over the years and many lives have been lost. But Pakistan continues to be branded a “terrorist” nation, and no one pays attention to the lives lost in the fighting. She emphasized on Kashmir’s atrocities while most of the Indian artists remain silent. We wonder why?

The actress also pointed to the serious scenario in the Kashmir held and warned against playing politics on these problems. She named the problem of Kashmir as ‘ human suffering ‘ and requested everyone with the authority to alter the mind of people to ‘focus on human suffering.’

“It is something I would love to work with my Indian colleagues on — including Priyanka Chopra,” she concluded.

Instead of telling that individuals should stop getting around it, we expect that PC will respond thoughtfully to such sensitive matters. Mehwish Hayat has said some astute words, notwithstanding, the truth will surface eventually on the off chance that anybody paid notice or just ignored the sage advice.