Actor Priyanka Chopra was trolled on Twitter two times in the recent past: During her visit to a Rohingya camp in Bangladesh’s COX Bazaar as a global UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Child Rights; secondly, for an episode of her ABC show, Quantico which featured a plot that had a Hindu character as a terrorist.
— Rinmayee? (@Rinmayee_003) June 6, 2018
First two instances triggered the third one when Quantico show was cancelled. People poked fun at her for being a failure. The basic idea was to pull her down and find pleasure in the same.
Latest episode of Quantico is about Hindu men with Rudraksh .. who are identified as Indian nationalists with knowledge of Indian government planning a Nuclear attack and blaming Pakistan and the Great priyanka chopra with FBI team stops it .. #Shame #ShameonyouPriyankaChopra pic.twitter.com/Qhyve3GOEW
— Shatrughan Sinha (@AsliShotgun) June 5, 2018
The hashtag #BoycottPriyanka was trending for the past several days. The plot was about an Indian planning an attack on Manhattan and blaming Pakistan over it, right before a India-Pakistan Summit that was to happen.
ABC apologises to Indians for Hindu Nationalist Terror Plot portrayed in Quantico.
What's holding Priyanka Chopra back from Apologising?Sell outs like her are an insult to India.She consciously consented for the act.Shame.
— Jagrati Shukla (@JagratiShukla29) June 8, 2018
The right wingers didn’t like the way a Hindu was portrayed as a terrorist, probably for them, only Muslims can be terrorist. This sounds ridiculous as we keep on saying that terrorism has no religion, but certain groups get offended when we talk about fundamentalism in their own religion.
I don’t understand how Priyanka doing a scene about Hindu terrorism on Quantico will defame Hindus or pull down the image of India. Is our reputation based on fictional characters portrayed on TV?
I stopped watching Quantico after the second season, as it failed to amaze me. Most of us got to know about the specific scene in the show when trolls started attacking Priyanka.
The makers of Quantico issued an official apology for hurting sentiments, but that didn’t stop the trolls from attacking Priyanka. You can see the same trend of digging up Priyanka’s past to put her down. It’s easy to bring out past or failures of a woman to bring her down.
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
Quantico was cancelled by ABC in May for its low rating, but right-wing trolls attacking Priyanka made it as her failure.
Priyanka did get some support online too, one of the prominent ones being Pooja Bhatt. She defended Priyanka for taking up the role in Quantico.
When Priyanka Chopra makes a mark for herself Internationally we claim her achievements as our own & then threaten to ban her films & make her apologise for a work of fiction that has been created by someone else. Can we please attempt to be larger than that?
— Pooja Bhatt (@PoojaB1972) June 11, 2018
Another handle had a different take on the entire issue:
Breaking: Hindus terrorize ABC and Priyanka Chopra into admitting that there is no Hindu terror.
— Aisi Taisi Democracy (@AisiTaisiDemo) June 11, 2018