Apologetic ABC defends Priyanka Chopra over Hindu terrorist episode of Quantico which sparked anger across India and led to ‘unfair’ backlash against actress, admitting it ‘stepped into a complex political issue’
The episode saw Indian nationalists plot to frame Pakistan for a terror attackMs Chopra’s character thwarts the plot after spotting a Hindu rosary on suspectAngry Indians accused Ms Chopra of betraying her native land on Twitter ABC said: ‘The show has featured antagonists of many different ethnicities and backgrounds – it was certainly not our intention to offend anyone’By
Connor Boyd For Mailonline
14:47, 8 June 2018
17:31, 8 June 2018
US television studio ABC has defended Priyanka Chopra after the actress was blasted by Indian fans over an episode of Quantico that featured Hindu terrorists.The episode, which aired last Friday, featured Indian nationalists trying to frame Pakistan in a terror plot.After it aired, the 35-year-old actress faced online attacks at home, and even some calls to boycott her work and the brands that she endorses, including Samsung.Others called on the government to black out the scene where Ms Chopra, who stars as an FBI agent in the series, holds up sacred Hindu prayer beads as evidence that the plotter in the episode was an Indian nationalist.’ABC Studios and the executive producers of Quantico would like to extend an apology to our audience who were offended by the most recent episode, ‘The Blood of Romeo’, the network said in a statement. ‘The episode has stirred a lot of emotion, much of which is unfairly aimed at Priyanka Chopra, who didn’t create the show, nor does she write or direct it.’
Indians are furious at Priyanka Chopra (pictured) after a recently aired episode of her show Quantico featured Indian terrorists plotting an attack in New York CityIt added: ‘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.’
The episode saw Ms Chopra’s character – FBI agent Alex Parrish – foil a plot by Indian nationalists to frame Pakistan for a nuclear attack days before at an international summit on Kashmir.Kashmir is the northernmost territory in the Indian subcontinent and has long been fought over by both India and Pakistan.Ms Chopra’s character figures out the terrorists are Indian and Hindu after spotting a ‘rudraksha mala’ – a Hindu rosary – on one of them.
The most recent episode (pictured) saw Ms Chopra’s character – FBI agent Alex Parrish – foil a plot by Indian nationalists to frame Pakistan for a nuclear attackIt sparked a furious backlash from Indian viewers who attacked Ms Chopra online.’The myth of Hindu terror, by a fake story, enters American television with the help of Priyanka Chopra,’ David Frawley, a Hindu scholar based in the US, tweeted.’Would any Pakistani actress betray Pakistan or Islam the way she betrays India and Hinduism?’ ‘Priyanka Chopra you disappointed your own country & religion,’ said one woman on Twitter. ‘You shouldn’t have done that scene.’Abhishek Vaishampayan said: ‘Quantico writer’s mom dropped him/her on head or Pro-Pakisatan/Islamic radical views have entered Hollywood.’And @priyankachopra how cud [sic] you?’
Many in India see Ms Chopra as somewhat of an ambassador for the country after she found success as an actress in Hollywood.She starred as the villain in last year’s Baywatch reboot and landed the role of the protagonist in Quantico, which was cancelled last month due to low ratings.Since becoming one of the most high-profile Indians in the United States, many Indians see it as her duty to promote a positive view of her homeland in the West. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has seen a rise of violence perpetrated by Hindu nationalists, particularly against India’s minority Muslim population.
The plot twist enraged Indians, who took to Twitter to accuse Ms Chopra of betraying her native land
Amid the backlash, others rushed to defend Ms Chopra and pointed out the hypocrisy considering Bollywood films have framed Muslims and Pakistanis as terrorists and villains for years.’Terrorism doesn’t have any religion,’ said one Twitter user.’Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, anyone can be a terrorist and Quantico is a fictional show.’We are with you @priyankachopra.’Another added: ‘Bollywood has been showing Muslims as terrorists, villains, mafia leaders, Gundas (criminals) since decades.’
However, others rushed to defend Ms Chopra and pointed out the hypocrisy considering Bollywood films have framed Muslims and Pakistanis as terrorists and villains for years
Priyanka Chopra (left, as her Quantico character, FBI agent Alex Parrish, and right, at the Royal wedding last month) is one of few Bollywood actress who have made the jump to Hollywood’But one scene in Quantico which has show Hindutva terrorists in making Hindutva goons crying tears of Goumutra.’One also noted that the actress was trolled after she visited displayed Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh last month.The visit came a day after the actress attended the Royal wedding of Prince Harry to her friend, Meghan Markle.’After decades of stereotyping Muslims & Pakistanis as evil terrorists in Bollywood, Indians are having a collective meltdown after Quantico portrayed Hindu terrorists,’ said one Twitter user.’Priyanka has been getting hate in India since she visited Rohingyas, now this.’MailOnline have contacted Ms Chopra’s representatives for comment.
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