Priyanka Chopra Jonas has been more than just an international superstar. One of India's highest-paid celebrities and UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador, the actress has leveraged her position of power several times to support and voice her opinions against social issues. However, the actress has been massively trolled by netizens on various occasions. Recently, PeeCee was slammed for her 'hypocrisy' after pictures of her smoking on a yacht went viral on social media.
Priyanka recently celebrated her 37th birthday in Miami with hubby Nick Jonas, cousin Parineeti Chopra and mom Madhu Chopra. Post the celebration, the Baywatch actress was soaking up some sun with her family on a yacht. In one of the pictures that surfaced online, PeeCee was captured on camera smoking with Nick sitting beside her. Many of her fans called her out for smoking despite suffering from asthma and raising awareness against burning firecrackers on Diwali.
PeeCee had joined hands with a brand for an ad campaign to create awareness about asthma. The actress had shot a video to promote active medical assistance against the disease, in which she also revealed that she was diagnosed with asthma at the age of 5, but that did not stop her from aiming high and achieving her goals. Requesting people to not burst crackers on Diwali, PeeCee said, “Please meri saans ko berok rakhiye. Diwali pe patakho ko skip kijiye”. She also emphasised that the festival should be about “lights and laddoos and love, and not pollution”.
Yeh kaun saa Asthma hai jo kewal Diwali me hi hota hai 🙄😂 pic.twitter.com/EhhzlO4ZhY— Sushant Kumar Rai 🇮🇳 (@Skraivns) July 21, 2019
After launching the video, PeeCee tweeted, “Those who know me well know that I'm an asthmatic. I mean, what's to hide? I knew that I had to control my asthma before it controlled me. As long as I've got my inhaler, asthma can't stop me from achieving my goals and living a 'Berok Zindagi'.”
Fans also found an old tweet by the actress from 2010 in which Priyanka said, “Smoking is awful!!! Yuck!!!”
Well, netizens didn’t stop here. They went on to making memes out of the actress’ vacation picture while severely trolling her.
This hasn’t been the first time Priyanka Chopra has been trolled after revealing that she was an asthmatic. Earlier, the actress was slammed for the grand fireworks display after her wedding with Nick in Jodhpur. Netizens labelled her a hypocrite and asked what happened to her asthma and concern for the environment when she lit fireworks to celebrate her own special day.
While we get everyone’s apprehensions about smoking and health in general, what anyone does on their own time is his/her own choice. Of all the people brandishing the flag of self-righteousness and trolling the actress for letting loose on her birthday, do they really need to give their unwanted opinions and stir a debate? Well, this kind of trolling is extremely unnecessary.
Despite the majority of trolls, a lot of people came out in support of the actress.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Priyanka will soon be soon in Shonali Bose's next directorial project, The Sky Is Pink. The movie also features Farhan Akhtar, Zaira Wasim and Rohit Saraf in pivotal roles and is slated for release in October.
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