The 2017 Oscars appealed to Indians because of two reasons: One was Dev Patel, the second–Priyanka Chopra. While everyone went ga-ga over Patel’s unshaven look and his sweet mother, Priyanka Chopra got the short end of the stick.
Chopra’s silver dress for the big award night became the focal point for all the wrong reasons.
The Desi Girl wore a stunning white and silver body-hugging gown by designer Ralph & Russo. The gown had a geometric design that gave us a glimpse of Priyanka’s slender and elegant figure. She paired her attire with 5 million dollar 60-carat Lorraine Schwartz diamond drop earrings, ivory heels, two cuffs and completed the look with minimal makeup.
Suddenly, there were hundreds of ‘fashion experts’ who pounced on her. All the trolls began to step out of their doors (figuratively) to diss her and get noticed on social media.
This was déjà vu: Beyonce at the Met Gala and Deepika Padukone at the MTV EMAs, and now PeeCee. Trolls are just waiting in the wings to get on people’s cases. I fail to understand why we always put actresses under the scanner for their red carpet looks? Why do we always scrutinise them for their choices?
It doesn’t matter whether you are a celebrity, a politician, or someone popular; trolls stoop down to any level to ridicule people.
Maybe trolls have a simple psyche: Let’s make a mockery of someone just because you can’t be like them.
Here’s how all it started:
PeeCee was having a wonderful time until AIB (All India Bakchod) posted a picture on their Facebook page saying, “When you are killing it in Hollywood but Kaju Katli is life.”
And then, she got lampooned on social media. The same people who once compared Rihanna’s attire to a pizza, Beyonce’s dress to a condom, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan choice of purple lipstick and Sonam’s dress to an omelette, were back to the only work they are good at: Trolling. I don’t really blame them, you can make a career out of trolling. Case in point: AIB and KRK (Kamal R Khan).
It didn’t stop there. Even Priyanka’s followers started to attack her. One wrote, “Be cautious of wardrobe malfunction Priyanka Chopra.” Another follower commented, “You have so much money and you can’t even afford a stylist? All that money and you still can’t afford a dress that’d look well on yourself. And the hair looks so lame. Get with the times and do well with your carpet looks.”
Here’s what some other people tweeted out:
— Anuj G (@AnujGurwara) February 27, 2017
— Mohita Singh Raghav (@Thakuraain_M) February 27, 2017
— Sand-d Singh (@Sand_In_Deed) February 27, 2017
— Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) February 27, 2017
We love Priyanka Chopra and demand to know WHO ATE THE SIDES OF HER DRESS? pic.twitter.com/knRw5I0RYA
— Shilpa Rathnam (@shilparathnam) February 27, 2017
Why So Much Unnecessary Hatred?
I think PeeCee looked fabulous, and even if she didn’t, who gives anyone the right to shame her for what she decides to wear? It’s just not just about Priyanka Chopra, but any actress. What they wear is their personal choice. And like any individual, they have the right to present themselves in the manner that pleases them.
This has become a circus where we closely audit a female’s fashion choices:
‘OMG! How could she show so much cleavage!’
‘OMG! How could Ash pick purple?’
It doesn’t matter what these celebs wear, trolls are always ready to point a figure at them.
These trolls even start pitting one actor against other. Sometimes, it is Alia Bhatt vs Sonam Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra vs Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma vs Deepika Padukone; the list is never-ending.
How about talking about real things instead of Priyanka’s or Deepika’s or Sonam’s dress? How about something that makes sense? How about talking about the movies that are bringing alternative narrations or different stories forward? Remember Meryl Streep’s speech at the Golden Globes? Or Sonam Kapoor and Alia Bhatt’s speech after receiving an award for Neerja and Udta Punjab respectively?
Of course, celebrities are public figures. They have a duty towards their fans and have a responsibility about how they present themselves publicly; but making a whole issue about their attire is utter crap and should not be a ‘subject’ that whole world talk about. And should surely not be the trending topic on social media.
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