Website apologizes for article calling Priyanka Chopra a 'scam artist' after huge backlash
By Barfi Culture Team
5th December 2018

A prominent website apologized today after running an article calling the Indian actress Priyanka Chopra a "modern-day scam artist".

The opinion piece by writer Mariah Smith was taken down by The Cut and replaced with a statement:

"Upon further editorial review, we found this story did not meet our standards. We’ve removed it and apologize."

The Cut describes itself as a "premier destination for women with stylish minds", covering politics, feminism, work, relationships and a range of other topics. It is owned by the prestigious New York magazine.

The article was originally titled: Is Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’s Love for Real?, claiming: "[Priyanka] is a modern-day scam artist, in my opinion."

And: "Nicholas Jonas married into a fraudulent relationship against his will this past Saturday, December the 1st, and I’ll tell you why I think so."

It concluded: "All Nick wanted was a possible fling with Hollywood’s latest It Woman, but instead he wound up staring straight at a life sentence with a global scam artist. Even more upsetting, she’s a scam artist who never even took the time to make sure he was comfortable riding a horse before arranging for him to enter their wedding ceremony on horseback."

The article attracted a wave of criticism on social media, with many calling it sexist and racist.

It got criticism from Bollywood stars too

Some were not willing to forgive The Cut so easily either.

Barfi Culture asked Mariah Smith for a comment but did not hear back.

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