Actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas says sexual harassment had become a norm with women, but people dont have the power to shut them down now. Priyanka opened up about the #MeToo movement, her career, her relationship with husband Nick Jonas, and gender equality during a conversation with Women in the World founder Tina Brown at the Women in World Summit 2019 here. She spoke about what it has been like to watch women in Hollywood and Bollywood in great numbers since the rise of the #MeToo movement.
“Sexual harassment had become a norm with women,” she said. “Now because of the support we are giving each other, people don’t have the power to shut us down.” No degree of acquired composure, however, could keep her safe from harassment, which she laments had until recently really become normalised everywhere, excused with a “boys will be boys” mentality, according to womenintheworld.com.
The difference the #MeToo movement has made, she says, is the strength in numbers that women are newly enjoying. “We always had a voice. Just nobody heard us. Now because of the support we’re giving each other, nobody can shut us down. And that’s an incredibly powerful thing to see. “Now if I have a story I don’t feel I’m alone anymore - and I’m not ashamed of it,” she said. When asked if she ever faced sexual harassment, she raised her hand saying everybody in this room has probably faced one because it had become a norm with women.
The actress also explained why a lot of Indian actors don’t opt for crossovers in the West. “A lot of actors that I speak to don’t have ambitions to move out of the industry. Bollywood is the biggest, if not the first industry to make films and the demographic is so large, they don’t want to leave that.” But she thinks there is “a little problem when it comes to the casting of South Asians in Hollywood”. (IANS)
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