A woman confronted Priyanka Chopra at a beauty event in Los Angeles, criticizing the Indian actress for a tweet she posted in February during a serious escalation of the conflict between India and Pakistan, reports CNN.
As Chopra was taking questions Saturday at BeautyCon, Ayesha Malik went up to the microphone and called the Bollywood star a hypocrite for "encouraging nuclear war against Pakistan" while serving as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
"So it was kind of hard hearing you talk about humanity, because as your neighbor, a Pakistani, I know you're a bit of a hypocrite," Malik can be heard saying in a video of the incident posted on Twitter. "You tweeted on February 26, 'Jai Hind #IndianArmedForces.'"
"You are a UNICEF ambassador for peace and you're encouraging nuclear war against Pakistan. There's no winner in this," Malik said. "As a Pakistani, millions of people like me have supported you in your business of Bollywood and you wanted nuclear war."
The microphone was taken away from Malik toward the end of her statement, the US media outlet reported.
Priyanka Chopra tweeted during a time when we were this 👌🏽 close to sending nukes to one another. Instead of advocating for peace she tweeted in support of the Indian army pic.twitter.com/LhbMkOW59v— Ayesha Malik (@Spishaa) August 11, 2019
Priyanka tried to defend herself against Malik's criticism, saying that "war is not something I am really fond of but I am patriotic."
The Quantico star also said: "So, I'm sorry if I hurt sentiments to people who do love me and have loved me, but I think that all of us have a sort of middle ground that we all have to walk, just like you probably do as well. "
Priyanka, the first major Bollywood actor to made it in the US tried to spin the narrative by telling Ayesha Malik, “The way you came at me right now, girl, don’t yell. We’re all here for love. Don’t yell. Don’t embarrass yourself."
Ayesha later addressed the incident on Twitter.
"Hi, I'm the girl that 'yelled' at Priyanka Chopra," she wrote. "It was hard listening to her say, 'we should be neighbors and love each other' — swing that advice over to your PM. Both India and Pakistan were in danger. And instead she tweeted out in favor for nuclear war."
"It took me back to when I couldn't reach my family because of the blackouts and how scared/helpless I was," Malik continued in another tweet. "She gaslit me and turned the narrative around on me being the 'bad guy' — as a UN ambassador this was so irresponsible."
In a tweet on February 26, Chopra appeared to be cheering an announcement from India that it had launched airstrikes in Pakistani territory.
The hostile relationship between the two countries is back in the international spotlight after New Delhi moved to downgrade and reorganize the region of Jammu and Kashmir last week. Pakistan decried the move as illegal, announcing it will downgrade diplomatic ties and suspend bilateral trade with its neighbour.