After facing mass criticism both from Indian and foreign fans for the latest episode of Quantico, which featured a Hindu terrorist group, the lead actress of the show Priyanka Chopra took to her Twitter account to tweet a heartfelt apology for those hurt and saddened by it.
What the hell was this episode of #Quantico .. they tried to show ‘Indian nationalists’ (their term) trying to blow up Manhattan to frame Pakistan.. I don’t even know what sort of ridiculous narrative was this episode trying to set.. nonsensical stuff..
— Aadit Kapadia (@ask0704) June 3, 2018
- Controversial plot involving India, Pakistan and terrorists also led to trolling of former show writer.
- ABC has already issued an apology to viewers over an episode of “Quantico” that inspired some serious backlash.
- latest episode of Quantico, which featured a Hindu terrorist group trying to frame Pakistan aired in U.S. on Jun-1.
- ABC Studios points out, Quantico has had villains of all different nationalities throughout the series.
Priyanka tweets, “That was not and would never be my intention. I sincerely apologise. I’m a proud Indian and that will never change.” The episode in question, entitled “The Blood of Romeo,” depicted Indian nationalists stealing weaponized uranium in an effort to frame Pakistan for a terrorist attack on an international summit in New York.
Not just unfair but utterly shameful that Priyanka Chopra is part of something so derogatory against a country which made her a superstar and helped her win the crown of Ms. World #Quantico
— Monica (@TrulyMonica) June 6, 2018
The episode, called The Blood of Romeo, aired in the U.S. June 1. It saw Priyanka’s FBI agent character, Alex Parrish, since the vast majority of Pakistan is Muslim, Parrish discovers the trick after finding a religious Hindu symbol around one of the assailant’s necks, leading to the Indian connection.
I’m extremely saddened and sorry that some sentiments have been hurt by a recent episode of Quantico. That was not and would never be my intention. I sincerely apologise. I'm a proud Indian and that will never change.
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) June 9, 2018
The network said, “Quantico is a work of fiction, The show has featured antagonists of many different ethnicities and backgrounds, but in this case we inadvertently and regrettably stepped into a complex political issue. It was certainly not our intention to offend anyone.”
ABC said it pulled the episode before it could air in India (it aired in the U.S. on June 1). But Chopra, among the rare Bollywood-Hollywood crossover successes, has been the subject of online attacks, with calls to boycott her work and the brands she endorses in the territory like Samsung.