Priyanka Chopra is one of the few Bollywood actors who have made a mark in Hollywood, but her journey wasn’t smooth. Priyanka faced racial issues in the USA as some people called her an “Arab terrorist.”
Talking about her experience, the “Quantico” actress told The Guardian that she was called an “Arab terrorist” after her song “In My City” was used as the theme for Thursday Night Football on American TV in 2013.
“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 told The Guardian.
“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?'”
This is not the first time Priyanka has faced racism issues. She was bullied when she studied in Iowa, USA, and was also called “brownie.”
“I was the only Indian kid in my school in Iowa. Later I lived in Queens, New York and Newton, Massachusetts, and in high school I was bullied really badly,” she said, adding, that the children used to ask her to go back to her country.
“It was supremely scary. I would avoid going to the cafeteria and eat in the bathroom instead,” she told the daily.
Nevertheless, Priyanka established herself as a big star internationally. The “Quantico” star also became the first South Asian actress to win People’s Choice Award for television’s favourite new TV star. She was also one of the presenters at the 88th Academy Awards and became the second most searched celebrity during Oscars after Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio. And now, she is shooting for the film “Baywatch” in Miami along with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.