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“Go back to your own country” is one of the most commonly heard phrases for millions of immigrants in the US, especially South Asians. While it may be common, it is an annoying and hurtful term to tell someone.
Recently, the Oscar-nominated director of The White Tiger, Ramin Bahrani was subjected to racist comments from a bystander in Atlanta, US.
Speaking about the issue to People magazine, Bahrani said, “I was in Zoom interview with Ava DuVernay on my phone while we were still in the street. During the interview, I noticed a car parked behind me. When the driver saw me and my colleague (who is South Asian) he said, ‘You all think you run the world. You all don’t run s—. Go back to your own country!, shouted the driver pulled away.”
Priyanka Chopra Jonas, one of the actors in The White Tiger and executive Producer, also weighed in on the matter and said that Hollywood has a great responsibility in righting these wrongs.
She added said, “Who belongs here, and who doesn’t? Isn’t America a melting pot of all people from all backgrounds? This country was built on the back of immigrants in search of the American dream, a life of freedom, opportunity, and a safe place not only for themselves but for their families.”
“Content by Hollywood is embraced by the world, but the world is not always embraced by Hollywood. Hollywood and pop culture, in general, have a massive responsibility in this fight for racial equality and representation in global entertainment,” Chopra Jonas concluded.
Simple comments and abuses like what Bahrani faced has been so normalized by the society that many tend to just ignore it and move on.
However, little things left unattended for a long time can be dangerous. The US, today is one of the most multi-cultural but also suffering from a severe racial disparity.
DuVernay told reports that, “Bahrani deserved a moment to be heard and to share and not have it glossed over.”
The White Tiger’s screenplay has been nominated for an Oscar in the Best Adapted Screenplay category.