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Priyanka Chopra apologizes for 'Quantico' episode featuring Indian terrorist storyline

By california scoop / Published on Monday, 11 Jun 2018 11:56 AM / No Comments / 16 views
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“Quantico” star Priyanka Chopra apologized for a controversial episode centering on an attack by Indian terrorists.

The India-born Chopra says it was never her intent to insult people with the episode, which garnered backlash from Indian viewers after it aired on June 1.

“I’m extremely saddened and sorry that some sentiments have been hurt by a recent episode of Quantico,” she tweeted. “That was not and would never be my intention. I sincerely apologise (sic). I’m a proud Indian and that will never change.”

The episode in question – titled “The Blood of Romeo” – focuses on Hindus attempting to carry out an attack before a summit meeting about Kashmir, which Chopra’s character Alex Parrish manages to prevent.

ABC has also issued an apology, contending Chopra has “unfairly” received backlash despite not creating, writing or directing the show.

ABC aired the controversial episode on June 1.

ABC aired the controversial episode on June 1. (Giovanni Rufino / ABC)

“‘Quantico’ is a work of fiction,” the network said in a statement. “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.”

Chopra, who is one of Bollywood’s most prominent actresses, was the first South Asian woman to land a starring role on a network series in the United States.

The episode – and Chopra’s role in it – led to considerable pushback on social media ahead of the actress’ apology. Some pointed out that showrunner Josh Safran said during a 2016 New York Times discussion that it was important to him that “Quantico” doesn’t put a Muslim terrorist on the series, leading to confusion why the show’s makers considered a Hindu terrorist plot OK.

“Josh Safran, Quantico’s showrunner, said that Major rule of Quantico is that it never features a Muslim terrorist. So, Is that why they featured Hindu Terrorist?” wrote Anshul Saxena. “I think Priyanka Chopra could asked for script changes because She’d already changed some dialogues in Quantico before.”



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