Priyanka Chopra’s popularity causes problems on the internet
Priyanka Chopra has faced her share of action in context with her celebrity status. From crazy fans to politics within the industry and ever-present media rumor mill which turns regular stories into “hot”, untrue gossip, she has been through it all. Since attaining international fame and publicity thanks to her newly launched singing career, Chopra’s long legions of fans and followers have been working overtime online in a bid to impersonate her. This can have some potentially disturbing consequences. Like Chopra, actors such as Will Smith, who have gained celebrity status, are often targets of impersonators, fraudsters, and scam artists. This is the point where it is important for the stars and their employees to remain vigilant about how their names and personal information are being used on the Internet. Will Smith faced a disturbing situation, which involved a scam artist who used his social security number and credit card information to enjoy an online shopping spree. Thanks to quick intervention by Smith’s team and the FBI, the scam artist was caught before he could slip away with thousands of dollars worth of wrongly acquired merchandise. For Chopra the perils could be even worse, given the lax security in the real world and the online world. Her name has been used on social media sites and her personal details displayed for the public to see. Some of the information could be potentially dangerous, thanks to the existence of stalkers and others who might misuse it in order to get close to her. Her name is among the top searches online, and she is frequently the target of hackers who try infiltrating her personal information with the intention of misusing it. Fraud and scams in India are as widespread and commonplace as they are abroad, and one can perceive the risk to Chopra’s security, should she endure a Will Smith like situation. Also needing a mention, is the fact that Internet security and laws in India are still at a developing stage, so catching a fraudster or scam artist would not be a swift and easy process. Chopra herself is a constant target of bullying, which is presented in the guise of “Bollywood gossip”. From quotes, which are taken out of context, to the ever-present rumor mill that tracks even the most personal moments of her life such as the unfortunate demise of her father, to her acting abilities, there is no limit to the salacious content on the Internet regarding her life and career. This could get to be “too much to handle” very soon as one would imagine that Chopra and team would be concerned for their privacy and security. It is important to realize that fame does have its pitfalls, and that the lack of privacy is one of the biggest issues faced by high profile celebrities. While one applauds and respects Chopra for her numerous achievements in the entertainment industry, one also empathizes with her for the negative press she faces on a daily basis.