The recent surgical strike by India, on the terrorist camps residing on Pakistan soil, was met with a lot of cheering by celebrities and netizens who were awaiting revenge after the Pulwama attack last month. The move by the Indian Air Force was hailed by many Indians online and Bollywood-turned-Hollywood diva Priyanka Chopra too could not stay behind as she tweeted a simple, “Jai Hind #IndianArmedForces” (sic) with the tricolour emoji. This, however, did not go down well with the microblogging site users, especially those from Pakistan, who slammed the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for taking sides instead of remaining neutral during a political conflict.
While a user from Pakistan commented on her tweet, “Can the @UN please take back their ambassadorship from Priyanka Chopra? Celebs who fuel wars have no reason to be talking about human rights at any forum. Someone who ‘apparently’ works for children’s rights, needs to be schooled about the impact of war on children?#SayNoToWar” (sic), a non-resident of Pakistan commented, “You are a goodwill ambassador of PEACE! I’m not even from Pakistan and I find this disgusting! You can’t pick & choose where peace goes! We need peace for the whole world! @priyankachopra” (sic).
As the trolling gained momentum, a petition was filed against the actress on same grounds and read, “War between two nuclear powers can only lead to destruction & death. As goodwill ambassador of UNICEF, Priyanka Chopra was supposed to stay neutral & peaceful but her tweet in favour of Indian arm forces after they invaded Pakistan airspace shows otherwise. She doesn’t deserve this title anymore.”
While the UN and Priyanka herself are to react on this petition, check out some of the angry tweets here even though she is an Indian by birth and an Indian citizen:
It is interesting to note that Priyanka recently talked about the pressure of being a ‘global star’, the side-effects of living in an internet age and how trolling has become news. The actress was in India for reasons both personal and professional and on her visit, she talked to news agency IANS. PC called the glorification of trolling a ‘crazy pressure.’ She said that the entertainers all over the world go through trolling on social media and some of them even get heavily bullied, which eventually leads to depression.