Remember when Priyanka Chopra tweeted "Jai Hind! #IndianArmedForces" back when tensions were at an all-time high between India and Pakistan and subsequently got called out for being a warmonger?
In her latest interview with Daily Beast, Chopra addressed landing in hot waters for her controversial tweet and comments that followed at a conference in Los Angeles.
"I feel like this is not an opportune moment to talk about it. Second of all, it was unfortunate what happened, and third of all, I never have, never was, and never will be pro-war and that is in my statements itself. My work for all of these years is a testament to that, and I don’t feel I need to keep regurgitating it."
Except you do imply that you're pro-war if you say "war is not something I'm really fond of BUT I am patriotic so I'm sorry if I hurt sentiments of people who do love me and have loved me...Well, we all walk that middle ground." Um, no. There are no ifs and buts when it comes to war nor is there any middle ground; she must've known how her words would be construed.
That said, it seems like the actor finally understands the influence she wields and the responsibility it entails.
"I feel that influence is an extremely important power, and it has a lot of responsibility that comes with it. It doesn’t have the responsibility that heads of states might have, because obviously we are not lawmakers or we cannot change those things, but we can influence, and I have always hoped to be able to use my influence in terms of philanthropy, and creativity in the arts, and to be able to, if I have opinions as a citizen, be able to speak about my opinions, and be able to give people perspective that they might not have seen because of my travels.”
Here's hoping she's more careful with her words next time.