ABC Studios and the producers of “Quantico” have apologized for a storyline in the drama’s June 1 episode. In “The Blood of Romeo,” Indian terrorists plot an attack on New York City with the ultimate goal of framing Pakistan for the mass-violence.
“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,'” ABC Studios and the executive producers of “Quantico” said in a joint 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. She has no involvement in the casting of the show or the storylines depicted in the series.”
“‘Quantico’ is a work of fiction,” they continued. “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 canceled show’s latest episode depicts an MIT professor planning a uranium attack on an India-Pakistan summit. The plot upset many viewers on social media, which was first pointed out by Indian Express.
Here are some of the negative responses, as compiled by that publication:
What the hell was this episode of #Quantico .. they tried to show ‘Indian nationalists’ (their term) trying to blow up Manhattan to frame Pakistan.. I don’t even know what sort of ridiculous narrative was this episode trying to set.. nonsensical stuff..
— Aadit Kapadia (@ask0704) June 3, 2018
I work in Manhattan. Thousands of Indians work in Manhattan. Plotting a bomb blast in Manhattan is as good as plotting it in New Delhi.#Quantico writers mom dropped him/her on head or Pro-Pakistan/Islamic radical views have entered Hollywood.
And @priyankachopra how cud you?
— Abhishek Vaishampayan (@a_vaishampayan) June 5, 2018
— Dawn Marissa (@DawnMarissa1) June 4, 2018
I can't believe #Quantico brought up the Kashmir and relationship issues between India & Pakistan this way. Makes me laugh more than anything. Also they're walking with a nuclear bomb in hand in the middle of Nyc and not scared it might blow up???
— J / (@quirkyresponse) June 4, 2018