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Priyanka Chopra responds to Aussie journalist who asked if she was ‘qualified’ to announce Oscar nominations

After Priyanka Chopra clapped back at Australian journalist Peter Ford who asked on Twitter if she and husband Nick Jonas were ‘qualified enough’ to announce Oscar nominations, he has made his account private.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 18, 2021 11:57:52 am
Priyanka Chopra, nickPriyanka and Nick announced the Oscar nominations on Monday. (Photo: Nick Jonas/ Twitter)

Priyanka Chopra is being called ‘the queen’ by lakhs of her fans and for a good reason. The actor clapped back at an Australian journalist who questioned whether she and husband Nick Jonas were ‘qualified enough’ to announce Monday’s Oscar nominations.

Replying to the journo Peter Ford, the actor-producer – with a solid filmography in India and a vibrant career in Hollywood – shared her screen credits. Priyanka and Nick announced the Oscar nominations on Monday, where coincidentally The White Tiger – which Priyanka both produced and acted in – won a nod for Ramin Bahrani in the best adapted screenplay category.

Journalist Peter Ford wrote in a snarky tweet, “No disrespect to these two but I’m not sure their contribution to movies qualifies them to be announcing Oscar nominees.” He also shared the photo of the couple. Ford’s Twitter bio light-heartedly describes him as “the best & most widely heard entertainment reporter in Australia & NZ. Allegedly”.
Priyanka responded on social media, “Would love your thoughts on what qualifies someone. Here are my 60+ film credentials for your adept consideration.” The tweet came with a list of her credits as she scrolled through them on her phone.

After Priyanka’s tweet, Ford locked his account. Her fans applauded her response, calling her the ‘queen’ and asking her not to pay attention to such naysayers. “I don’t know about this Ford guy, but I am getting dizzy looking at her long list of films. And I know them all Grinning face,” journalist Asim Chhabra tweeted. Stylist Sapna Bhavnani wrote, “Patriarchy strikes in all forms .. thanks for taking one down for our team Priyanka.”

In an earlier interview, Priyanka had spoken about how she reacts to vitriol online. “I am just like everyone else. In the morning when I’m driving to work or I’m having my coffee, I’m flipping through Twitter, Instagram, the news, and when my name pops up, I’m like, ‘Alright, what are people saying? How are we feeling?’ I just don’t react to it or let it affect my mental well-being,” she told a magazine.

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