Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra has opened up about the racism she faced in the United States after making her singing debut with 'In My City', alongside Pitbull. The actress recalled the incident in her autobiography, 'Unfinished', and revealed that she was sent hate mails with rape threats and racist remarks.
In her recently released memoir, actress-producer writes, "I remember the thrill of turning on the television the first night it aired and seeing myself introducing the game in a prerecorded announcement, and then watching the upbeat ‘In My City’ promo video along with the millions of others who were tuned in. From where I sat, there was no better way for me and my music to be introduced to mainstream America than through an NFL weekly spot. #GameOn!"
"My bubble was quickly burst. The excitement of having my first song debut in the United States on such a huge platform was completely destroyed by a storm of explicitly racist hate mail and tweets, including – among many, many examples to choose from – ‘What’s a brown terrorist doing promoting an all-Americal game?’ and ‘Go back to the Middle East and put your burka on’ and-years later it’s still hard to write this – ‘Go back to your country and get gang-raped,'" the actress adds in 'Unfinished', published by Penguin Random House India.
Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas in her memoir 'Unfinished', which released on February 9, takes readers from her childhood in India, where she was raised by her grandparents and her parents -- two army doctors committed not only to their children but to their careers and to philanthropy - before being sent away to a boarding school at an early age; through her formative teenage years in the US living with her extended family in the Midwest (Cedar Rapids and Indianapolis), Queens, and suburban Boston, where she endured bouts of racism; to her return to India, where she unexpectedly won the national and global beauty pageants (Miss India and Miss World) that launched her acting career.
It also has an honest account of the challenges Priyanka faced navigating her career, both in India and Hollywood.
Meanwhile, on work front, Priyanka is currently basking in the success of 'The White Tiger', which released on Netflix on January 22. She recently completed work on 'Text For You', is developing an untitled comedy with Mindy Kaling and Dan Goor, and also has roles in Russo Brothers' 'Citadel' and 'The Matrix 4'.