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Magazine defends Priyanka Chopra's controversial cover


Conde Nast Traveller magazine claims that words like refugees, immigrant, outsider create a culture of xenophobia.

Mayur Lookhar

Battered on social media for being insensitive towards refugees, Conde Nast Traveller magazine claims that it believes in breaking all boundary walls.

Priyanka Chopra was hounded on social media for her controversial magazine cover which was deemed offensive to refugees. The actress had to face the wrath of fans and people across the world who weren’t impressed by the cover which had Chopra wearing a sleeveless top with the words, "Refugee Immigrant  Outsider" struck off. 

Conde Naste Traveller has issued a statement defending its controversial cover. The magazine claimed that labelling people as immigrants, outsiders, and refugees was creating a culture of xenophobia.

Here’s the full text of the statement which the magazine put up on its official portal www.cntraveller.in

‘At Conde Nast Traveller, we believe that the opening up of borders and the breaking down of walls can help us discover the world, and open up our minds and hearts. So, when we had actor Priyanka Chopra wear a T-shirt we created on the cover of the 6th-anniversary issue, we had a point to make.

It's about how our labelling of people as immigrants, refugees and outsiders is creating a culture of xenophobia. We are allowing thousands of innocent people who are forced to cross borders due to unimaginable terror and atrocities to be treated without humanity and empathy. It's about how we are allowing some powerful leaders to build barriers that make it more difficult for bright, motivated and hardworking people to see more of the world, learn from it and make it better for us all.

It's time we demand better and stand against the building of walls, literal and otherwise. We must demand a world free of racism and bigotry and prejudice so that we — and generations after us — may enjoy all the abundance that travel offers, the beauty of the world that is open and rich and diverse in its people and cultures and geographies. And we must, in the midst of our many differences, find and celebrate our commonalities, our oneness. We must recognise that we are all on a journey.

Whether we are moving across oceans or just a few kilometres, or in our mind's eye, into a completely different world, whether we are doing so due to free will or circumstance — we are all travellers.

And this is why Priyanka Chopra — a star at home and abroad, who has experienced first-hand the opportunities that travel offers — is the perfect ambassador. It's not about her being a refugee or immigrant or outsider; it's about her, like us, recognising the power of travel, and joining us in asking everyone to do better for each other.’

The October-November issue will be out next week.