A controversial tweet came back to bite Priyanka Chopra on Saturday during a tense confrontation with a woman who accused the actress of encouraging war between Pakistan and her home country of India.
Chopra, who was appointed as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador in 2016, expressed her support for the Indian Armed Forces in February amid heightened tension between the neighboring countries, which have been locked in a decadeslong conflict over the disputed region of Kashmir.
During an appearance at the Beautycon Festival in Los Angeles over the weekend, Chopra fielded a question from a woman, who called her a hypocrite for promoting peace, while“encouraging nuclear war against Pakistan.”
“It was kinda hard hearing you talk about humanity because, as your neighbor, a Pakistani, I know you’re a bit of a hypocrite,” the woman, who has since identified herself on social media as Ayesha Malik, said after she was given a microphone.
“You are a UNICEF ambassador for peace and you’re encouraging nuclear war against Pakistan,” she continued, referencing Chopra’s February tweet. “There’s no winner in this.”
The security team at the convention quickly took the mic away from Malik, who went onto add that she’s a longtime fan of the Bollywood star before she could finish her question.
“I hear you. Whenever you’re done venting,” a chilly Chopra responded on stage. “Got it? OK, cool.”
“I have many, many friends from Pakistan,” she continued. “I am from India, and war is not something that I am very fond of, but I am patriotic.”
The “Quantico” star did apologize if her tweet offended fans like Malik who “do love me and have loved me.”
“I think that all of us have a sort of middle ground that we all have to walk, just like you probably do as well,” Chopra concluded. “The way you came at me right now? Girl, don’t yell. We’re all here for love.”
After the confrontation, Malik took to Twitter to clarify her stance and explain her decision to call out Chopra, who she said “gaslit” her with the response.
Hi, I’m the girl that “yelled” at Priyanka Chopra.
It was hard listening to her say, “we should be neighbors and love each other” — swing that advice over to your PM.
Both India and Pakistan were in danger. And instead she tweeted out in favor for nuclear war.
She went onto knock the actress for equating speaking out about a humanitarian crisis as “venting,” sharing multiple videos of their interaction on social media.
Chopra has yet to address the confrontation, as her tweet continues to cause controversy ― an online petition seeking her removal as the UNICEF goodwill ambassador launched in March now has over 100,000 signatures.
But the Saturday response hasn’t exactly won Chopra any fans, with many online questioning her position as an advocate for human rights.
Priyanka Chopra being a UN ambassador is a JOKE. She doesn’t deserve that authority. She ridiculed the Pakistani woman who had the courage to speak aloud and instead of replying with respect, Chopra says “are you done venting?” VENTING. Revoke her of this position.
Indian Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra poses for a photo during a promotion for upcoming Hindi film Zanjeer in Mumbai on September 2, 2013. AFP PHOTO /STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
Miss World 2000 winner, Miss India, Priyanka Chopra, 18, during the Miss World contest at The Millennium Dome in Greenwich. (Photo by Michael Crabtree - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 20: Actress Priyanka Chopra attends the landmark Grand Opening of Atlantis, The Palm Resort, and the Palm Jumeirah on November 20, 2008 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Atlantis, The Palm)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 18: Actress Priyanka Chopra poses onstage at the 'What's Your Raashee?' press conference held at the Scotiabank Theatre on September 18, 2009 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Malcolm Taylor/Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA - NOVEMBER 14: Priyanka Chopra snapped at Mumbai Airport on Monday 14 November, 2011. (Photo by Yogen Shah/India Today Group/Getty Images)
Indian Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra attends the L'Oreal Paris Femina Women Awards 2012 in Mumbai on March 22, 2012. AFP PHOTO/STR (Photo credit should read STRDEL/AFP/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 25: Actress Priyanka Chopra Launches Her celebrity milkshake, 'The Exotic' which includebananas, almonds and caramel sauce with a vanila ice cream and a splash of Mr. Pink ginsang drink At Millions Of Milkshakes at Millions Of Milkshakes on July 25, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Joe Kohen/Getty Images)
MUMBAI, INDIA SEPTEMBER 5: Priyanka Chopra at the cover launch of the Femina Magazine at Reliance digital, Times Square mall Andheri in Mumbai on September 5th, 2013.(Photo by Milind Shelte/India Today Group/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 04: Actress Priyanka Chopra attends the 'Mary Kom' premiere during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival at The Elgin on September 4, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Indian Bollywood film actress Priyanka Chopra poses at the 60th Britannia 'Filmfare Awards 2014' Pre-Awards Party in Mumbai on January 22, 2015. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Priyanka Chopra attends the Chanel and Charles Finch Pre-Oscar Dinner at Madeo Restaurant on February 21, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Buchan/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: Actress Priyanka Chopra attends the People's Choice Awards 2016 at Microsoft Theater on January 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 30: Actress Priyanka Chopra attends the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 30, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Priyanka Chopra attends the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Priyanka Chopra arrives at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted by Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19: Priyanka Chopra attends Harper's Bazaar: 150th Anniversary Party at The Rainbow Room on April 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Owen Hoffmann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Actors Priyanka Chopra and Tom Hiddleston walk onstage during the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Actress Priyanka Chopra attends PaleyFest New York 2016 - 'Quantico' at The Paley Center for Media on October 17, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jimi Celeste/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Priyanka Chopra arrives at the 74th annual Golden Globe Awards, January 8, 2017, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP / Valerie MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: Actress Priyanka Chopra is seen in MIdtown on January 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actress Priyanka Chopra attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Priyanka Chopra attends the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Priyanka Chopra (L) and Nick Jonas attend 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22: Actress Priyanka Chopra leaves the 'Good Morning America' taping at the ABC Times Square Studios on May 22, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
JERSEY CITY, NJ - JUNE 03: Priyanka Chopra attends The Tenth Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic - Arrivals at Liberty State Park on June 3, 2017 in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Photo by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 07: Priyanka Chopra attends the 'Pahuna: The Little Visitors' premiere during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Scotiabank Theatre on September 7, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by J. Merritt/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 19: As world leaders gather in New York for the UN General Assembly Priyanka Chopra attends The Goalkeepers Global Goals Awards hosted by UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed and Melinda Gates. The event honored outstanding individuals who are accelerating progress towards the UNï¿½s Global Goals and was held at Gotham Hall on September 19, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation )
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 21: Priyanka Chopra attends the 'Burden' Premiere during 2018 Sundance Film Festival at Egyptian Theatre on January 21, 2018 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27: Actress Priyanka Chopra attends the Clive Davis and Recording Academy Pre-GRAMMY Gala and GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Jay-Z on January 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Priyanka Chopra seen on the streets of Manhattan on April 26, 2018 in New York, NY. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Priyanka Chopra
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Priyanka Chopra attends 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & the Catholic Imagination', the 2018 Costume Institute Benefit at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 19: (L-R)Abigail Spencer and Priyanka Chopra arrive at the wedding of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 08: Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra at JFK airport on June 8, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
MALIBU, CA - JUNE 02: Priyanka Chopra attends the CHANEL Dinner Celebrating Our Majestic Oceans, A Benefit For NRDC on June 2, 2018 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 03: Priyanka Chopra is seen in the Meatpacking District on July 3, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 17: Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas seen on a night out leaving Chiltern Firehouse on July 17, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Ricky Vigil/GC Images)