Smith’s article has since been taken down, and she issued an apology to Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas and The Cut’s readers for what has been deemed as a “sexist, racist and disgusting article.”
In the opinion piece, Smith claimed that Chopra was a “modern-day scam artist” who dragged Nick Jonas to the altar against his will. Clearly after his millions and fame, you see.
Chopra, who was crowned as Miss World back in 2000, who received critical acclaim for her appearances in Barfi! and Mary Kom, and who has a thriving music and writing career. Chopra, who has a list of awards and accolades longer than her critic’s publishing history.
Apart from her illustrious film career – which includes more than 50 Bollywood films, a lead role in Quantico and starring opposite Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Baywatch – Chopra is also a UNICEF ambassador, was featured on the Time 100 list and the Forbes global rich list, and manages a successful production house, Purple Pebble Pictures. Heck, the Government of India even honoured her with the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award.
Smith also wrote that Chopra was just out to break Jonas’ heart, and made assumptions based on Chopra’s statement that she “works very hard to spoil herself. Smith wrote:
“Nick Jonas DM’d Priyanka on Twitter, and their exchange launched the very beginning of Priyanka’s plan to make this Nick Jonas opportunity her forever bitch… Aside from the offensive Hollywoodness of Priyanka telling another celebrity that her “team” reads her direct messages, what she was really doing here was quite possibly dropping a hint to Nick that she was going to break his heart. Or, at the very least: She was indicating that he’d been added to the short list of Hollywood men that she and her team would test out for a possible romance.”
And if that wasn’t bad enough, Smith went down a dark path of negating Chopra’s achievements with that overused misogynistic trope about women, shopping and spending. You know the one. According to Smith, Chopra “shopped around for the finer things in life while her team shops for finer men.”
Twitter, of course, was having none of this. Neha Yadav so succinctly summed it up by tweeting:
ah yes, Priyanka Chopra, former Miss World, beloved by a billion, only brown actor to win mainstream recognition and roles in the US is definitely the one running a scam and taking advantage of-
-that guy from Camp Rock
— Neha Yadav (@nay_yeah) December 5, 2018
A user known as Nunie added, “Who’s worth 19 million,” while Rachel said it is clear to see they are a couple in love, and that Chopra has no reason whatsoever to scam Jonas.
“He’s done plenty other than Camp Rock. But that’s fine. Let’s focus on taking his ass down instead of celebrating their new lives in which they both seem incredibly happy.”
Mariah Smith has since tweeted an apology, and said she does not condone racism, xenophopia, or sexism. She added:
“I take full responsibility for what I wrote, and I was wrong. I am truly sorry.”
I've followed you for ages, loved your sarcasm but never believed you're here to cut women down, just revel pop culture as mostly trival laughs.
I'm so disappointed you stood by racism amongst other things, to bring down a WOC.
— Dame Kittness (@SoftKittyWarm) December 9, 2018