Bollywood actors attack as hypocrites over George Floyd’s death
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Many Bollywood stars have been labelled “hypocrites” after speaking out against racism to lend support to global protests of George Floyd death while promoting products in India designed to make people’s skin lighter.
The actors were also called and accused of “cowardice” for their refusal to call out the attacks on India’s minorities, mainly Muslims, while protesting against the killing of George Floyd in the United States.
A series of A-list Bollywood actresses, including Priyanka Chopra, shared posts on social media to protest against the death of Floyd who died in police custody after a white officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
“End this race war here in the US, and around the world. Wherever you live, whatever your circumstances, NO ONE deserves to die, especially at the hands of another because of their skin colour,” Chopra, 37, posted on Instagram.
People were quick to call her out on social media for previously promoting an “intense fairness moisturiser”.
They also pointed at her role in a 2008 Hindi film, Fashion, in which she is ashamed of having sex with a black man.