Priyanka Chopra recently faced social media roasting after it emerged that an American TV show, Quantico, had depicted Indian nationalists trying to frame Pakistan in a terrorist plot in the US. As the outrage against Priyanka gained momentum, US television network ABC reacted swiftly to apologies to Indian fans.
The statement by Walt Disney-owned ABC said, “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.” “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,” news agency Reuters quoted the ABC as saying.
Even though Priyanka had no role in deciding the story-line for Quantico, she faced nasty online attacks with some even calling for her boycott and the brands that she endorses, including Samsung Electronics.
There were many who felt that the outrage was misplaced since portraying Hindu nationalists in negative light wasn’t same as branding the Hindu religion as the instigator of terrorism. However, the ABC’s apology has prompted some Muslim writers to ask the famous US studios to extend similar apologies to Muslims for their negative portrayals in their TV series in the past. Pakistani writer, Fatima Bhutto, wrote, “Super. We’ll be here waiting for an apology from Homeland, 24, Tyrant, Rambo, Zero Dark Thirty, American Sniper, Munich…” She, however, conceded that her expectation was so unrealistic that she will ‘have to wait a few more forevers for that.’
Another writer Dina Nayeri pointed out that she wanted an apology for Argo. Commenting on Bhutto’s post, she wrote, “Amen to that. An Argo. I want an apology for Argo.”