ABC studios has apologised for its brush with a “complex political issue” in the Blood of Romeo - the latest episode of the Priyanka Chopra-starrer Quantico, which shows ‘Indian nationalists’ planning to carry out a terrorist attack in Manhattan ahead of a summit on Kashmir.
'The Blood of Romeo’ drew huge flak from Indian fans of the show. They slammed Priyanka of being a part of the storyline that shows India in the negative.
“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 fans also lashed out at the writers for lack of understanding and wading into troubled waters of India-Pakistan.
“... ‘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,” the statement further read.
The producers said Priyanka was not to be blamed for the episode as she did not have a creative control over it.
“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. She has no involvement in the casting of the show or the storylines depicted in the series,” the statement read.
Priyanka, who became the first Indian actor to play a lead role in an American TV series, portrays FBI agent Alex Parrish on the show.