Bollywood Stars Called Out for Supporting BLM But Not India’s Racial Problems

Priyanka Chopra

Actresses Priyanka Chopra and Sonam Kapoor are among the Bollywood stars being called hypocrites for expressing their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

 

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There is so much work to be done and it needs to starts at an individual level on a global scale. We all have a responsibility to educate ourselves and end this hate. End this race war here in the US, and around the world. Wherever you live, whatever your circumstances, NO ONE deserves to die, especially at the hands of another because of their skin color. ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ On May 25th, George Floyd was pinned down by the neck by a Minneapolis police officer and died. He laid there, fighting for his life, struggling to breathe, and other officers just stood there and watched. The officer has now been charged with murder.⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ George, I am praying for your family. ❤️ ⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Text “FLOYD” to 55156 and sign the petition. ⁣⁣⁣ #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd

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Critics on social media are calling out the Indian celebrities for their selective activism, stating that they have yet to speak out against injustices suffered by minorities in India. 

Meanwhile, others also berated the celebs for having promoted skin whitening creams which are popular in India, reports the Huffington Post

While serving as brand ambassadors for Garnier, L’Oréal and Pond’s, both Chopra and Kapoor previously promoted products aimed at reducing dark skin. 

Although Chopra had expressed her feelings of guilt about her skin-whitening campaign in the past, she was still recently ridiculed after her husband, singer Nick Jonas, took to Twitter to say that they are taking a stand against “systemic racism, bigotry and exclusion.” 

Commenters noted how Chopra had never made a similar stand against India’s own “systemic racism.” Indian Muslims, the largest religious minority in India, are among the most persecuted. 

Even Bollywood star Abhay Deol took a jab against “woke” Indian celebrities with selective activism. 

“Now that ‘woke’ Indian celebrities and the middle class stand in solidarity with fighting systemic racism in America, perhaps they’d see how it manifests in their own backyard?” the actor/producer wrote on Instagram last Tuesday.

 

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Maybe it’s time for these now? Now that “woke” indian celebrities and the middle class stand in solidarity with fighting systemic racism in America, perhaps they’d see how it manifests in their own backyard? America has exported violence to the world, they have made it a more dangerous place, it was but inevitable that it would come back karmically. I’m not saying they deserve it, I’m saying look at the picture in it’s totality. I’m saying support them by calling out the systemic problems in your own country, because they turn out to be one and the same thing. I’m saying follow their lead but not their actions. Create your own actions, your own movement, relevant to your own country. That is what the black lives matter movement is all about! In the larger picture, there is no “us” and “them”. There is not a country that’s real. But a planet in peril. Black Lives Matter (find out why not to use the hashtag and still support the movement). In addendum : What I mean when I say the US “exported violence”, and “made the world a more dangerous place” is in reference to their continued development of dangerous weapons, which are then exported to countries around the world as a solution to their problems. Even their own people do not support endless wars. And I’m not letting the other players in the war theater off either, that’s why I have said a “more dangerous” place. That mentality has led them to militarize their own police, and that’s where the “karma” comes. Karma means action, and their action of always fighting fire with fire has lead to a mentality which they then repeat on home ground. How many more decades must pass before we see the need for a different approach? A dialogue is what is needed, communication, not intimidation, whether on home soil or another country! An eye for an eye will make the world go blind and ironically it is only the US who is in the best position to lead us towards peace.

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“America has exported violence to the world, they have made it a more dangerous place, it was but inevitable that it would come back karmically. I’m not saying they deserve it, I’m saying look at the picture in its totality. I’m saying support them by calling out the systemic problems in your own country, because they turn out to be one and the same thing. I’m saying follow their lead but not their actions. Create your own actions, your own movement, relevant to your own country. That is what the black lives matter movement is all about!”

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