The word feminist has been bastardised, says Priyanka Chopra

  • Rukmini Chopra, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jun 24, 2016 16:56 IST
Priyanka Chopra says violence has become the face of terror today, and that’s a global problem. (AP)

Be it Aamir Khan’s remarks on intolerance in the country, or Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor’s jokes during the AIB roast last year — there have been instances when Bollywood celebrities have come under the scanner for their words or actions.

Claiming that she is ‘not afraid of having an opinion’, Priyanka Chopra asserts that she isn’t “necessarily being brash” just because “she’s a feminist”. “I don’t say things just because I’m a feminist and I believe in woman power. That word (feminist) has been bastardized; there’s no respect to it anymore. I’m not berating men,” she says.

Priyanka with her Baywatch co-star Dwayne Johnson. (Instagram)

Recently, in an interview, she stated that she would “beat the shit out of her man” if he ever cheats on her. While several people criticised her for being “violent”, some even called her “sexist” on social media. Reacting to the comments, Priyanka says, “It was a joke. Obviously, I’m not going to be violent. But the way it was written, it made it seem like I was serious and that I’ll actually whip the person. It was an analogy of the passion that I would feel [if a man cheats on me], not physical violence.”

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In one of her past interviews, the actor had said that celebrities often become “soft targets” for the public and the media. Yet, she doesn’t refrain from speaking her mind whenever required. “I know I should be diplomatic, but I’m a girl with an opinion. I’m not afraid of having one,” says Priyanka, adding, “I’m told all the time by my team and my family to shut up and not always say what’s on the tip of my tongue.”

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The actor has been spending most of her time in the US, where she is shooting for her ongoing television series. Ask her if she feels scared at times, especially post the gruesome Orlando shootings, and the actor says, “No, I’m not scared because things can happen anywhere you go. It’s not just in India, America, Lebanon; it’s happening everywhere we go. Violence has become the face of terror today, and that’s a global problem. The value of life is becoming less important.”

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