From Priyanka Chopra to Kal Penn, when celebrities tell you racism is for real

'Why don’t you have a turban?': Kal Penn on why he shared those Racist Scripts. Not long ago, Priyanka Chopra also shared her experiences with racism during Koffee With Karan Show.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: March 21, 2017 6:47 pm
Priyanka Chopra, Priyanka Chopra image, Kal Penn, Kal Penn image Both Kal Penn and Priyanka Chopra have shared their experiences about facing racism.

A few days ago, Kal Penn shared a series of tweets that documented a few of the scripts offered to him during the early phase of his Hollywood career. The scripts reflect the discrimination and racism that an Indian actor goes through while auditioning for these roles. These tweets shatter one’s image about Hollywood as a liberal and forward-thinking place. Kal was repeatedly asked to do stereotyped characters. The actor also asked to speak in authentic ‘Indian’ accent. Now, in an interview with Vanity Fair, Kal shares his reasons for digging out these old files and reflecting on them:

“Probably eight years ago or so, I was cleaning out scripts, and I saved some of the ones that I thought, ‘Wow, this is crazy. Maybe in like 50 years when things change, I can do something fun with this.’ I don’t remember why I decided to do it [post them now]. I thought it could be fun because we have come a very long way—but we still have a long way to go,” Kal told.

The actor also says that Hollywood is not as liberal as people think it to be. “People generally think of Hollywood as forward-thinking or liberal, and it’s not. People who work there definitely consider themselves to be liberal or whatever, but a lot of the things we sometimes unfairly assign to people who don’t share our political beliefs are things that we need to look in the mirror for as well,” Kal said.

Kal goes on to confess that there were auditions where he was asked to put a towel on his head. ” I remember going on a commercial audition where somebody said, ‘Can you put a bed sheet on your head? Why don’t you have a turban?’ And I thought, Well, I’m not Sikh [laughs]. ‘Can you put a bed sheet on your head and come back?’ Uh, well, no. Actually, I think I’m just gonna stay home. So, there were experiences like that; I think now you’ll find that you have an audition for something that gets canceled, and you’ll ask why, and they’ll say, well, they don’t want people of color for this, or they already have people of color. But again, it is changing.”

Also Read: Nach Baliye 8: Yuvraj Singh, Hazel Keech might compete in the show. This show just got spicier

Not long ago, Priyanka Chopra also shared her experiences with racism during Koffee With Karan Show. When KJo asked the if the actor has faced racism, Priyanka shared that she did, but not in the studios. She said that it was at the airport when she was sitting in the lounge for first class passengers that she was a victim. One of the ground staff was rude to her, and only after she argued that she was a valid first class passenger did he apologise.

For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App

  1. Shashank Gang
    Mar 21, 2017 at 8:06 pm
    Priyanka ji...parayi kitchdi mein ghee jyada hi lagta hai lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;India will take decades to give to its citizens what West gives rt now ...does not mean we don't belive in what yogi says.....may be will take time to understand
    1. G
      Mar 23, 2017 at 6:05 pm
      She is a typical Punjabi will do anything for money. She is also close to the Jews. Many Punjabis have an inferiority complerx as they are often short and dark. Most of Indians belong to the pure Aryan Race and the color of this Race varies from brown to very;br/gt;lt;br/gt;In the USA there is in reality no racialism may be the only Asians who suffer are the Chinese as they look very different. The Chinese are however linked and protected by the powerful Jewish lobby. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Attacks on Indians are om and sometimes a sick or drunk American can think an Indian to be an Arab. Recently a poor Negro got killed in New York City by a European origin American, again the latter was sick. In many cases there is reverse discrimination and the Negros think a light skin Indian as a KKK;br/gt;lt;br/gt;America is completed and truly a non-racial country and the Indian media is highlighting things to create a panic. A true Aryan does not look up or look down on any one.
      1. J
        Mar 24, 2017 at 2:35 am
        copra is a typical punjkabi and thus suffers from color complex. punjabis are often dark yet the darker and pretty nadars of india have no complex. chopra is also not educated. the stuoid yuvraj singh has also married a pretty much used jewish lady. same complex.