Actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas is no stranger to controversy. Be it her imaginative dresses for Met Galas or her controversial comments on important political issues, the White Tiger star is used to grabbing headlines. This time, some comments she made during an interview with talk show host Oprah Winfrey have gone viral.
Speaking to Oprah, whose last interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry went viral the world over, Priyanka Chopra Jonas said,
“My dad used to sing in a mosque, I was aware of Islam,” Priyanka Chopra Jonas said.
The comment has been receiving many brickbats with many trolling Priyanka for claiming she understood Islam because of her father singing in mosques.
“Sing” in a mosque maam I- you lived in a country with one of the largest Islamic population — Buck-Tick no Wakusei ☄️ (@sairasolaris) March 21, 2021
Dear @priyankachopra How is singing in a mosque makes one aware of Islam? Do many years in India didn't let you know about muslims around you? By this logic- my dad argues cases in court so I am aware of the law. #PriyankaChopra #Oprah pic.twitter.com/gDbVG5aZT1— Chayan Sarkar (@chayansarkar87) March 20, 2021
Priyanka Chopras dad in the mosque:“Cool me down I am feeling so exotic…” https://t.co/x9DM9vYuJ2
— (@Ruffaiii) March 20, 2021
Girlfriend, where is this mosque at? It sounds WAY more fun than the one we attended where people just came to pray. #PriyankaChopra pic.twitter.com/2qgJvb91cR— Habiba Nosheen (@HabibaNosheen) March 20, 2021
Priyanka Chopra's dad must've gone to that one weird mosque in Edinburgh— Riz (@RizTheTechie) March 20, 2021
Priyanka Chopra : My dad used to sing in a mosqueNow I understand why your hair was like that pic.twitter.com/6B4drSaRaW
— Dharmendra Chavda (@DharmendrChavda) March 20, 2021
Old: "I have a Muslim friend."New Strain: pic.twitter.com/QvZIrQA5Ot
— Abhishek Baxi (@baxiabhishek) March 20, 2021
I’ve watched ‘Sholay’ many times so I’m well aware of Indian culture https://t.co/LZ1DVxo38Z
— Khurram Qureshi (@qureshik74) March 20, 2021
I think priyanka chopra is confused between dargah and a mosque.— Zoe (@Meadowandhats) March 20, 2021
My dad also used to sing in a Mosque. Nothing else happened, people just thought he was very weird for doing that since Masjid mein antakshari nahi khelte. https://t.co/zJz8nhHUzC— Doge Vader (@smrutisnat) March 21, 2021
Fans of Chopra, however, argued that trolls were misrepresenting Chopra’s words. This was her full quote.
“With the swirling number of religions that we have, that live within the country as well. I grew up in a convent school. I was aware of Christianity. My dad used to sing in a mosque, I was aware of Islam. I grew up in a Hindu family, I was aware of that.
Spirituality is such a large part of India that you really cannot ignore it,” she said.
Many argued that singing was not allowed inside mosques and that Chopra must have confused a mosque with a dargah.
During the course of the interview, Chopra also opened up aboout her spiritual incline. “Spirituality is such a large part of India that you cannot ignore it but also my family believed in having higher power, having a sense of faith. My dad used to tell me that religion is a way to get to the Supreme power. Every religion has a different face to the same direction where we are going. I am a Hindu, I have a temple in my home and I pray as often as I can but at the same time, I am a believer of the fact that a higher power does exist and I like to have faith in that,” she said.