ABC has issued an apology to viewers over an episode of “Quantico” that inspired some serious backlash.
The episode, titled “The Blood of Romeo”, aired on Friday, June 1, and suffered criticism for a storyline involving Indian terrorists plotting a nuclear attack in order to frame Pakistan, with the goal of disrupting upcoming peace talks between the two nations.
Indians were not happy to see themselves portrayed in such a negative light and focused their anger on Indian-born star Priyanka Chopra via social media.
Following the uproar, ABC has issued an apology to any viewers who were offended by the episode.
“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’,” an ABC spokesperson said in a statement, reports Variety. “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 continued: “‘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 day after ABC issued its apology, Chopra followed up with one of her own, writing that she’s “a proud Indian and that will never change.”
“Quantico” has already been cancelled but ABC is airing the remaining episodes over the summer.