Woman criticizes 'hypocrite' Priyanka Chopra at Beautycon, accuses her of 'encouraging nuclear war'

A woman accused Priyanka Chopra Jonas of being a “hypocrite” for tweeting in support of Indian armed forces and “encouraging nuclear war against Pakistan” amid increasing conflict between the two countries.

Ayesha Malik confronted the Indian actress during an audience Q&A session at Beautycon in Los Angeles on Saturday.

"It was kind of hard hearing you talk about humanity because as your neighbor, a Pakistani, I know you're a bit of a hypocrite. You tweeted on February 26, 'Jai Hind #IndianArmedForces,'“ Malik said. "You are a UNICEF ambassador for peace and you're encouraging nuclear war against Pakistan.”

Chopra’s February tweet was in response to a series of airstrikes carried out by India on Pakistani territory. “Jai Hind” is a commonly used, patriotic slogan that loosely translates to “Victory for India” in English.

Malik’s accusations come during a period of high tension at the India-Pakistan border after India’s government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, made the decision to take over control of Kashmir — India’s only Muslim-majority state, and an active nuclear flashpoint which has suffered much of the conflict between the neighboring countries.

Though security staff at the event was quick to pull the mic out of Malik’s hand — even before she could finish speaking — Chopra addressed the question and defended her message, saying that she’s “patriotic.”

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 10:  Priyanka Chopra attends Beautycon Festival Los Angeles 2019 at Los Angeles Convention Center on August 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Beautycon)
Priyanka Chopra attends Beautycon Festival Los Angeles 2019 at Los Angeles Convention Center on August 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Photo: John Sciulli/Getty Images for Beautycon)

"Whenever you're done venting ... got it, done? OK, cool," Chopra said. “So, I have many, many friends from Pakistan and I am from India, and war is not something that I am really fond of but I am patriotic. So, I'm sorry if I hurt sentiments to people who do love me and have loved me, but I think that all of us have a sort of middle ground that we all have to walk, just like you probably do as well.”

"The way you came at me right now?" Chopra then scolded Malik. "Girl, don't yell. We're all here for love. Don't yell. Don't embarrass yourself. But we all walk that middle ground, but thank you for your enthusiasm and your question and your voice."

However, many people were upset with how the actress responded. One person took issue with Chopra’s dismissal of Malik’s question about human rights violations as “venting.”

Others pointed out that by Chopra saying “I have Pakistani friends,” she was not making a strong case for herself.

Others, however, came to Chopra’s defense and accused Malik of being an opportunist.

Malik did not immediately respond to Yahoo Lifestyle’s request for comment, but she took to Twitter on Sunday to explain why the issue has a personal impact on her. She also called Chopra “irresponsible.”

Now there are calls on Twitter for UNICEF to remove Chopra as a Goodwill Ambassador.

Chopra has yet to publicly comment since the incident at Beautycon.

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