Actress Priyanka Chopra’s upcoming nuptials to Nick Jonas have taken up a lot of column inches lately. To her bridal shower, she wore a dress designed by Harvey Weinstein’s estranged wife, and the Internet lost it.
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Love, laughter and a room full of amazing ladies…and some special gentlemen (what a special surprise)! Thank you so much @mubinarattonsey and @anjula_acharia for throwing me such a memorable bridal shower that broke all the rules! My amazing friends and family who made me feel so special and loved, thank you. And to top it off @tiffanyandco 😍 Perfect! Here’s sharing it with you…
You can read all of the mean tweets and criticisms for yourself here, but I’ll summarize it for you by saying that people were not pleased. After Weinstein was accused of using his position of power in Hollywood to allegedly sexually assault numerous women, his wife’s clothing line, Marchesa, has taken a significant hit in sales.
Even after the company’s founders said in a statement they support the Me Too movement, the clothing line has remained anathema to some. Apparently in some people’s minds Weinstein’s wife, Georgina Chapman, is somehow responsible for her husband’s actions, so her clothing line must suffer.
Chopra defended her decision to wear the designer’s clothes, saying that what happened to the women who allege abuse at the hands of Weinstein isn’t Chapman’s fault.
“Georgina’s a friend of mine, and she has been,” Chopra said, according to Women’s Wear Daily. “And it’s not her fault. And I don’t think it’s right to take it out on a self-made woman what somebody in her life did,” she added. “That’s the wrong attitude. I’ve known her for years, and that was a beautiful gown, and deserved to be worn by a bride-to-be. And it made me feel like a princess. It was the right choice.”
The “Quantico” star isn’t the only celebrity to come under fire for wearing dresses by the designer. When Scarlett Johansson wore a Marchesa gown to the Met Gala earlier this year, a lot of people were asking a lot of questions, essentially along the lines of “How Dare She?”
“I wore Marchesa because their clothes make women feel confident and beautiful and it is my pleasure to support a brand created by two incredibly talented and important female designers,” Johansson said.
Chopra, a self-described feminist, is right. Chapman isn’t responsible for her husband’s actions, and the fact that it’s “controversial” to wear one of her gowns — without any proof that she was aiding and abetting her husband’s alleged sexual assaults — is nuts.