Priyanka Chopra reveals that an American immigration officer had once asked her to give away the name of a terrorist.
Priyanka Chopra, who is a global icon today, is busy enjoying her success in Bollywood and Hollywood equally. The actress is currently shooting for her popular TV series, Quantico, in New York, and pictures from the same are already doing the rounds of social media. PeeCee as a tough CIA agent is all set to kick some a$$ in true Alex Parish style and end her journey from Italy to NYC. Priyanka has always been vocal about how she hates playing a stereotype and would only sign meaty roles. The fact that South Asians still don’t get enough market place in the Hollywood industry is a topic that’s always well highlighted by her. And the fact that she was once called an Arab terrorist, is hard to ignore. Being a ‘brown girl’ on an American land is an uphill task, especially if you are a famous personality. And though she enjoyed enormous love and warmth from the people in the West, such incidences were also commonplace.
In one of her earlier interviews with Rachel Ray, Priyanka revealed a fact about how her popularity lands her in fix at times. Revealing one such interesting incident, she said, “I got stopped at TSA (The Transportation Security Administration) once and an immigration officer told me, ‘You have to tell me who the terrorist is.’ I said, ‘Listen, sir, I love you and everything but you can’t ask a brown girl in an American airport, ‘Who’s the terrorist?’” Yes, he was referring to the terrorist on her TV show but it was a big deal for her. The officer even refused to sign her immigration papers unless she revealed the details of the terrorist. PeeCee eventually had to give in, swearing him to secrecy.
Having said that, the fact that Asians are still considered as terrorists remains a grave issue. She recalls one incident saying, “My song replaced one from Faith Hill, who is like the all-American girl and suddenly there was this brown girl and the NFL got so many emails from fans saying: ‘Who is this Arab terrorist?’ I got so much of it, too.” She even hit it back at her haters. “I find it really funny that people have such primitive thinking. I called them out. I said: ‘Why is every Arab person a terrorist, and why am I an Arab terrorist just because I am brown?’” After a year of such bumpy rides, she has finally managed to carve her own niche in Hollywood and today she’s a global icon.