原文标题：I faced racism and was called 'browny' in US school: Priyanka Chopra
NEW DELHI: Priyanka Chopra, who went to high school for a few years in Boston, said she faced racial issues there as some fellow students called her "browny" and pointed a finger at her for being an Indian.
In an inspiring speech at the India Today Mind Rocks Youth Summit last evening, the 30-year-old actress took a crowd of hundreds of students through her life's journey from being "gawky kid" to a Bollywood star.
"I was living in Bareily, from there I went straight to Boston and joined school there. I didn't know how to fit in. Also, I faced some racial issues. Some girls called me 'browny' and I was typecast, pointed a finger at for being Indian," Priyanka said.
The bullying ensued into a fight and Priyanka was suspended from school for three days.
But the actress said going to school in America was a huge lesson in life as it taught her to be more confident.
Delivering a speech on perfection, Priyanka said she is not perfect and it's okay to be flawed as "long as you are being yourself.
"My life was an epitome of imperfection. I'm not perfect like Aishwarya Rai, beautiful, stunning. I was a gawky kid, only thing I knew was to work hard and learn. I didn't know how to act or win a beauty pageant. My career has been instinctive, but every situation taught me something."
The former Miss World also said that life is all about taking chances and it's not worth living if there are no risks involved.
"Today I have the courage to do a commercial, mainstream film like 'Barfi!', when half of India doesn't even know what autism is. But I have the courage to take that chance."
"Barfi!", where Priyanka is playing an autistic girl, is set to release on September 14, a day after her debut international single 'In My City' is set to be unveiled.
"I am nervous about both 'Barfi!' and my single coming together. I don't know which one will people like. It's a chance I am taking and a new journey I am embarking on. I have worked with the world's biggest music label, Interscope, for this album. The single is also going to be the theme song for National Football League (NFL)," she said.
The song 'In My City', featuring Black Eyed Peas rapper Will.i.am, is Priyanka's tribute to all the cities she grew up in.
Moral of the NEWS is never take a Microphone to a cine star. they will fan the fire which is already existing.
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pratul2484 (USA) replies to nagarajan31
She is just talking about her life experiences. Plus she won the Miss World for India. She is not at all fanning any racial fire.
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Sunil Menon (Mumbai)
Its okay yaar, you are indeed a brown sahibani. What's wrong in it. You are brown only, not Caucasian white. Atleast you have come to your sense lately. Likewise many Indians who are somewhat fair try to compare with Caucasians, but instead are called Mr. and Mrs. Brown. Take it in a lighter vein, don't cry baby.
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Hemant (Hyderabad) 14 hrs ago
We have castism to match it. Human being are same everywhere.
arish (usa) replies to Hemant
Human being are not same. They are all based on many past Karma's .Some born as poor , and sick other rich and healthy.Some in Jihadis states and some in free world. Some enjoy and some suffer.
breaking NEWS (for the people)
Why is it so offending,Indians are brownies, learn to respect yourself, it is like the Africans being offended by the word black
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This article is paid advertising stunt for Barfi and the album...
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dina (Bengaluru) 14 hrs ago
honestly , these upper castes think they are white? but they are brown what ever
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Bareily to Boston ? ... Not bad at all... you are the most talented and stylish actrees in Bollywood at present... Aishwarya may be more beautiful ( for some people), but does not have acting skill... you got the blend of beauty and brain.
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Faridabad) 13 hrs ago
I don't understand what the big deal is. We Indians are brown in colour and not as good-looking. Also, as a community, we are inferior. These so-called 'racists' are just pointing out facts. We are too sensitive to deal with it.
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breaking NEWS (for the people)
She will do and say anything to promote her movie
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Praveen (Mumbai) 13 hrs ago
Most Indians are the most racist people in the whole world.
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Anil (DXB) 13 hrs ago
Whts wrong if they call us Browny??? It is British who thought us from wearing underwear to launching satellite into space. Before their arrival india was a killing field for some muslim rulers such as Mohd.Ghori, Mohd.Ghasni. Nawabs, Timur bin Taraghay & Mughals. Even before that we were following Brahmin's Vedas which says, Sudras the lowest of four classes, were born in an “inferior womb” (Papayonaya, 9:32) because of the combination of their Tamas Guna (inherent traits such as ignorance, delusion, heedlessness, indolence and sleep, 14:8), and some sinful acts they must have committed in his previous lives, such as hitting a Brahmin or stealing his cow. If British stayed in india for 50 more yrs. Then Bombay, Delhi, Chennai would be like Singapore and Hongkong. Now still nearly 50% of the indians don't use toilets and 98% wash their a** from their hands. We have to accept that we are inferior human race and carry inferior blood. Indian Govt should declare British Era as Golded Era of Indian History.
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Nabeel Kareem (DC) replies to Anil 11 hrs ago
FYI, washing your a** with hand and water is the ultimate sign of civilized behavior. Rubbing with paper, is considered savage and animal instinct; unless you consider everything done by the west as civilized. Angrez Chalay Gaye, Ghulam Chor Gaye
Ravinder (Melbourne) 13 hrs ago
I have lived in USA for 10 years and can confidently say that there is no overt racism in USA. Covert racism yes, but you wouldn't know. In contrast, racism is practiced openly in Oz, especially at higher levels in organisations.
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"My life was an epitome of imperfection" said PC. But kudos to your plastic surgeon for trying to make it perfect.
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MAHA IBRAHMIN (Brahmavartha) 13 hrs ago
Racism is NOTHING in front of CASTEISM:)
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Inspirational?? Why Boston..just goto Delhi - you will hear the same Punjus (which Priyanka CHopra is) having names for all - Madrasi (relating to their dialect and color), Bangali (relating to their dialect and color), Chinki (relating them to have small eyes and nose), Bihari, Jaat (relating it to be a ruffian), sardar (relating the word to being a fool)...what is she blaberring about ?
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What's wrong in calling a brown girl brownie...what did you expect them to call you - a Caucasian? For us Indians, racism in US is cute. Are you oblivious of racism in your own country? Why the heck do you endorse fairness creams and lotions?
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Brownie (USA) 13 hrs ago
How is calling her "Brownie" different from N.E. students (who are Indians) being called "Chinkies" in New Delhi colleges or north Indians being called "bhaiyas" or south Indians being called "Madrasi Chaprasi" in Mumbai? President of USA is now a "blackie".
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Soumen Sengupta (Kolkata)
In India its very common to call foreigner as 'Gora', if that is not racial then 'browny' is also not racial unless you think yourself as 'Gora'
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Indians keep on calling others racist but when a black student goes to India for study the kind of discrimination they face is unprecedented. One of my colleague even told me that when he went to a shopping mall in Delhi security guard went behind him to make sure he doesn't steal anything just because he is black and Indians still keep on complaining about racism outside.
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in india too, whn i was kid, i had a classmate who was very dark. my fellow classmates used to call him kalia. His nickname continued n evn today mny guys dont know his real name. we Indians r big time recist. shud clean our own house b4 complaining bout others.
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atd (ncr) 12 hrs ago
Our country is most racist country ,where Bihari can't stay in maharastra ,assami can't stay in Manglore , Hindu can't stay in Kashmire , Hindu and Muslim or any other religion people do not like each other , Tamil nadu don't like Hindi speaking people ,south and north people give racist comment on each other .upper cast day night behave racist with lower cast , even men and women are racist to each other , so India is most racist country . And Priyanka who pressurize your father to go to USA and another thing your movie Barffi will not hit bcz of this racist comment
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Karuna (Bangalore) 12 hrs ago
Even in India south indians are called blacks by few non south indians.
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Sanjay (All over) 12 hrs ago
I am Indian and have lived in the US for 30 years. NO ONE has EVER called me a 'Brownie'. Reason why Indians face these issues is because they refuse to assimilate when they go overseas. Some Indians, due to the fact of their diet... and refusal to shower on a daily basis... stick out in a classroom environment. Yes, in that case they will 'earn' name tags. Others live in heavily 'Asian-populated' areas... and as these areas tend to be dirtier... they draw the ire of locals. Yet others lose their Indian accent or learn to speak English very slowly, primarily because they don't speak English at home. This also creates an opportunity to be singled out. Generally, Indian children of higher income, professional Indian families don't face discrimination because they adapt sooner. There is a large segment of Guyanese-Indians living in the US. They look IDENTICAL to us Asian-Indians, but typically blend with the Hispanic population and are considered 'Americans' because their spoken English lacks the 'wonderfully delicate' Indian accent. (That's sarcasm, BTW). So, Ms. Chopra, if you had problems blending in, maybe it's time to look introspectively? I was in high school in the UK for 5 years before going to the US. Now in the UK, due to it's terrible economy, yes, racism existed there and to a great extent still does. But that is also because the British can't get over the fact that Britannia rules the waves no more, and people from one of their 'colonies' are now taking their jobs, etc. Today Britain is reduced to the status of an American 'colony'. US says "Jump"... the queen says "How high, Sir?" There no one with brown skin escapes it. But in the US... your behavior patterns cause racist taunts. Not your skin color.
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kolaveri (russia) 12 hrs ago
What a joke !!!! Such things are common in western culture. Priyanka Chopra expect others to call her " A BLONDE " ???? " Browny " sounds cool.
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Anilkumar (US) 12 hrs ago
Being here in US more than a decade, I would say we Indians are 1000 folds more racist than Americans. Here in US North Indians insult south Indians, Tamilans insult telugu speaking people calling them gulti, cheater etc.. at work Indian try to pull down fellow Indians. list goes on and on if one need to write.
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Raj (Delhi) 12 hrs ago
No Big Deal. I am from the NE and routunely called a Chinkie in other parts of India
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Jagat (Texas) 12 hrs ago
This Biatch is lying just to gain cheap publicity. She is not only brown but very ugly once her makeup is taken off.
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Kumar (Amritsar) 12 hrs ago
i have faced racism in my school, office. i am often being asked about my cast
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Wakaka (Punjab) replies to Kumar 11 hrs ago
Caste is okey, the worst is when dark browning looking cuss from north india call south indian dark not realising that the only indian that is white is sonia!
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Indo (Mumbai) 11 hrs ago
Typecasting is a nature of human being no matter where they are. We Indians are bigger racist of them all. We don't even spare our own people.
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titu (delhi) 11 hrs ago
those who saw her face called her "browny" and those who saw her ***** used to call her "blacky"
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Yo Dawg (India) 10 hrs ago
I bet she got her cherry popped in Boston by some well endowed niggga !!! In US,girls love Black guys
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