With the kind of backlash and hate that ABC’s Quantico is facing right now, they’d probably wish it was cancelled a season earlier itself. Alas, the show, starring media darling Priyanka Chopra, managed to steer into troubled waters during its final season, with their episode, ‘The Blood of Romeo’.
You’d say, with a plotline that showed Hindu nationalists turn into terrorists to implicate Pakistan, what else were they expecting, right? My guess is tolerance and a strong understanding of fiction, but instead, they found themselves in a desperate need to issue an apology.
Following in the footsteps of ABC, the network that airs the show, star Priyanka Chopra has finally issued an apology of her own to her Indian fans.
ABC’s apology was clear, do not blame PC, this was our idea. But Indian fans weren’t so agitated about what ABC had done, compared to what their nation’s pride had done to hurt their sentiments. They were clamouring for her to say sorry, and well, she did.
I’m extremely saddened and sorry that some sentiments have been hurt by a recent episode of Quantico. That was not and would never be my intention. I sincerely apologise. I'm a proud Indian and that will never change.
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) June 9, 2018
From calling her a slew of derogatory words to becoming the Septa from Game of Thrones and yelling ‘Shame’ at her, to even trending hashtags about boycotting brands that she endorsed… a lot went into extricating that apology.
Or at least that’s what most of Twitter felt about this.
Now let me show you, the four kinds of people in the world and what their reactions to Priyanka Chopra’s apology were.
Pay attention, there’s a pop quiz at the end!
The ‘Too late now to say sorry’ school of thought has rejected the apology, claiming that the damage is done and there’s no going back.
Sorry, PC, money and fame ruined you.
The same girl who won miss world title for India didn't even feel bad when she was asked to be a part of anti Indian episode of #Quantico ? How is this possible ? Only money and fame can ruin people this badly 👎👎
— Sheetal Mishra 🌼 (@itssitu) June 10, 2018
Insulting two birds with one jibe….
You read the episode, rehearsed it and then shot for it for many days. How can this be a mistake. This apology is as bad as your show
— MeghaSharma (@crazyabtsrk) June 9, 2018
Now we come upon what I call the ‘Apology Accepted’ school of thought.
“Aakhir galti toh insaan se hi hoti hai.” Let’s move on!
I respect you for realising & apologising for the insult of not some but the entire nation due to the episode of Quantico . You have been & will continue to b one of the finest actors who has brought so many accolades for the country. Proud of U. https://t.co/45ZQk8y9xy
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) June 10, 2018
I also did find a club of people who successfully managed to distinguish between fact and fiction, and therefore, deemed PeeCee’s apology absolutely unnecessary. I call them the ‘It’s not you, it’s us’ club.
Fighting over fiction instead of scarier reality? Yep, that sounds like us.
Why apologise for sentiments hurt by works of fiction in a country where no one gives a FF even for real lives completely destroyed by fact!?
P.s. Ur still awesome @priyankachopra ♥️ https://t.co/GChBxE0MmG
— Satyadeep Misra (@satyadeepmisra) June 10, 2018
Sorry Priyanka. Oops, we did it again!
It's we who owe Priyanka an apology for putting her in a position where she has no option but to apologise for a FICTIONAL plot in an international show. This is no different than Padmaavat. And this is how the international media & entertainment community will see us now. Shame. https://t.co/gHPnfJ9vyn
— Nikhil Taneja (@tanejamainhoon) June 10, 2018
Hey, we save all our tolerance for reality, okay? Fiction is intolerable.
Hey Alex Parrish, just come to Indian. So many more chances for you to save the day!
. @priyankachopra u should not apologize for a work of fiction & that too when u are portraying an American but not indian. Blame the story writing but that's on ABc to blame on not you my dear. And the fact is, few people do frame others to play blame-game but we are already in. https://t.co/dbAmzppp48
— TheDecemberGirl (@AjantaGuha) June 10, 2018
Ah well, reality strikes again.
And finally, folks, there are also those who believe she shouldn’t have apologised at all. Call them the ‘Unbent. Unbowed. Unbroken.’ (Yep, Game of Thrones reference!) They just wish Priyanka Chopra had stuck to her ground, rather than wave a white flag.
Wait, isn’t that the sign of a true Indian though? No bending our heads, we’d rather have them cut it off?
OH WOW. Only yesterday I was speaking highly of her – that lasted a day.
She could have stood her ground and spoken for creative freedom and not been this. Jazz. Sad. https://t.co/V33P4fD4g8
— richa singh (@richa_singh) June 10, 2018
So, folks, there’s a life lesson in their somewhere, and I hope you’ve grasped it. Because here’s a question, with just one right answer….
Would you rather read more about Priyanka Chopra dating Nick Jonas or what!?
Cover Image Courtesy: ABC