UN comes to Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra’s defence
The United Nations has defended Priyanka Chopra by saying in its latest statement that goodwill ambassadors could speak ‘in their personal capacity’.
The statement was made by Stephane Dujarric, who is the spokesperson for Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
Priyanka Chopra had ignited controversy a few weeks ago when she had rudely replied to a Pakistani activist, Ayesha Malik, at a BeautyCon event in Los Angeles.
Priyanka had cheered on the Indian Air Forces when they had conducted a raid in Balakot. The actress was slammed by the Pakistani girl for her hypocrisy as she is also a UNICEF goodwill ambassador.
When Stephane was asked about the UN’s remarks on Chopra’s statements and the outcry it had provoked, Stephane said: “Well I mean I can tell you that for any goodwill ambassador whether it’s Miss Chopra or anyone else, we expect them to adhere to impartial positions when they speak on behalf of Unicef or any other organisation. However, their personal capacity they retain the right to speak about issues of interest or concern to them.” she added.
Stephane said that UNICEF’s goodwill ambassador’s personal views do not reflect those of the organisation’s.
Priyanka had been slammed on social media for her arrogant response to Ayesha Malik.
“I have many, many friends from Pakistan and I am from India. War is not something I’m really fond of but I am patriotic, so I’m sorry if I hurt sentiments of people who do love me and have loved me,” she had said.
“But I think that all of us have a, sort of, middle ground that we all have to walk. Just like you probably do as well. The way that you came at me right now … girl, don’t yell. We’re all here for love. Don’t embarrass yourself.”