After the The Cut published a controversial article on Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas’ wedding, the internet blasted the piece apart and called out its writer, Mariah Smith.
The Cut had initially published the article with a phrase that called Priyanka ” a global scam artist.” The Cut later published an apology and said, ” Upon further editorial review, we found this story did not meet our standards. We’ve removed it and apologize.”
And now Mariah has taken to Twitter to apologise for her actions. Incidentally, her apology comes after The Cut itself took down the said article and issued an apology to its readers.
At Jezebel, a popular US-based feminist website, writer Prachi Gupta summarised the gist of the article: “After Chopra, portrayed as a cold, fame-obsessed foreigner, established herself in India, she set her sights on success in America. Part of Chopra’s ticket to the top? A white man.”
She added that the essay offensively played into “racist and sexist narratives” about women of colour.
PeeCee’s mom, Madhu Chopra reacts
Breaking her silence on the matter, Priyanka’s mother has said it’s a happy phase for her family and that they don’t want to be “disturbed by such idiotic things.”
“I am happy that my daughter is married to someone she truly loves. I don’t want to give publicity to those fools. There are some donkeys who do anything they feel like, but their actions don’t affect us,” Madhu Chopra was quoted as saying by Filmfare.
The Cut writer apologises
Mariah tweeted, “I want to sincerely apologize to Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas, and to the readers, I offended and hurt with my words. I do not condone racism, xenophobia, or sexism. I take full responsibility for what I wrote, and I was wrong. I am truly sorry.”
The article was quickly circulated on the net and celebrities took to social media to slam the publication for the distasteful piece.
Family and friends support Priyanka & Nick jonas
Bollywood stars Swara Bhasker and Sonam Kapoor called the article shameful. Sonam tweeted, ” For a publication that ‘shows women what they are made of’, TheCut has a lot to answer for. The article on Priyanka was sexist, racist and disgusting. Also, it’s written by a woman which is so sad. It reeks of envy and bitterness. Mariah, shame on you.”
Nick’s brother, Joe Jonas, and his fiancée, Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner also came to the newlyweds’ defense by tweeting disapprovingly about the piece.
Priyanka’s in-laws and international celebs Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner called the article disgusting, with Joe even tweeting, “This is disgusting. @TheCut should be ashamed to have someone write such evil words. What Nick & Pri have is Beautiful Love. Thank u, Next.”
While Nick has yet to respond to the article, Priyanka reacted to it at an event in Delhi recently. She said, “I don’t even want to react or comment. It’s not even in my stratosphere. I’m in a happy place at this moment. These kinds of random things can’t disturb it.”
Joe posted that the Cut should be “ashamed to have someone write such evil words. What Nick & Pri have is Beautiful Love,” while Sophie called the article “wildly inappropriate and totally disgusting.”
Priyanka and Nick tied the knot in a Christian wedding on December 1, which was followed by a Hindu wedding on December 2.