Priyanka Chopra Jonas has come out in support of ‘The White Tiger’ director, Ramin Bahrani who was racially abused in Atlanta during an interaction with the Academy and BAFTA members.
For the unversed, Bahrani, an Iranian-American film director-writer, revealed that he faced a verbal racist attack from a bystander last week.
Speaking about the same to People magazine, Bahrani said, “I was in Atlanta on location in a residential neighbourhood directing a TV pilot for Apple. We had worked late that day, so I had to do my Zoom interview with Ava on my phone while we were still in the street. During the interview, I noticed a car parked behind me. When the driver saw me and my colleague (who is South Asian) he said, ‘You all think you run the world. You all don’t run s—.’ His friend told him to calm down and leave it alone. As the driver pulled away, he shouted, ‘Go back to your own country!’”
Meanwhile, Chopra Jonas added, “Who belongs here, and who doesn’t? Isn’t America a melting pot of all people from all backgrounds? This country was built on the back of immigrants in search of the American dream, a life of freedom, opportunity, and a safe place not only for themselves but for their families.”
“Content by Hollywood is embraced by the world, but the world is not always embraced by Hollywood. Hollywood and pop culture, in general, have a massive responsibility in this fight for racial equality and representation in global entertainment,” Chopra Jonas stated.