Former Quantico writer Sharbari Ahmed trolled for controversial episode even though she had nothing to do with it
Internet — the meeting ground of bullies, hate-mongers, and religious zealots drowned in paranoia.
This fear about the internet has been re-confirmed by the latest controversy surrounding Priyanka Chopra's Quantico. The finale of Quantico's season three, in an episode titled The Blood Of Romeo, was met with huge backlash after it showcased Indian nationalists plotting an attack in Manhattan with the ulterior motive of blaming it on Pakistan.
After the episode was aired, many disgruntled Twitter users expressed their views calling the episode deeply offensive and factually inaccurate.
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
This is how Priyanka Chopra repays us for making her top Bollywood star- by not protesting against Hindus being shown as terrorists in serial Quantico starring her in lead role. Shame on you #PriyankaChopra #BoycottSamsung until they remove her from brand ambassador post
— Rosy (@rose_k01) June 6, 2018
Hey @priyankachopra , the love, adulation and fame that you got from us Indians is a significant reason that today you are on world stage. And you, the “Desi Girl” ,played along calmly portraying Indians as terrorists in your show Quantico #Respect 🙏🏻
— The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) June 5, 2018
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
Some even went as far as to suggest a conspiracy behind the chain the events specifically planned to harm the the global image of Hindu Nationalists. The Hindutva wing on Twitter went into a hate-filled over-drive and found exactly what they were looking for: Sharbari Ahmed, a Bangladeshi Muslim woman who used to be a writer for Quantico.
What happened next was very obvious; she was made the target of relentless trolling, abuses, and threats. Ahmed's timeline was flooded with tweets about "Muslim terrorism" and accusing her of hating Hindus. And all this when she didn't even write the season three finale.
Being attacked for something I didn’t write just because I’m Muslim, always fun. However I stand with the #Quantico writers and @TeamPriyanka. Absurd, irrational reaction to a storyline. My views are my own btw.
— Sharbari Ahmed (@sharbarizohra) June 6, 2018
Sharbari Ahmed has been credited with writing two episodes of Quantico, both in first season of the show. She was made a target of Twitter's Hindutva wing for two reasons only: Sharbari Ahmed is a female and a Muslim.
A woman who is also a Muslim would be an easy target for those masquerading as "Hindu Nationalists" when, in reality, they are just trolls.
It is not you being Muslim. The abusrd story made us mad. There is no evidence world wide where Hindus carried out any terror attack. We got invaded & oppressed by others. Terrosist organization has no religion but imaginary show potrays Hindu Indians as a terrorist @ABCNetwork
— Priya Kulkarni (@priyaakulkarni2) June 8, 2018
Biggets mistake India did was letting Bangladesh exist. We should have extinguished your entire lineage when we had the opportunity #JaiSriRam
— 🚩 जय श्री राम 🚩 (@JaiBajrangBaIi) June 8, 2018
Y don't u guys write about when the whole world is attacked because of Muslims, always ready to play the victim card but the biggest menace all over the world is Muslim Terrorism. Still stand by my decision to boycott the plastic actress and for fukontico never gv 4 fs bout it
— Abba Shohar (@Bhumihaar_Parsh) June 10, 2018
Try and write same on lines of islamic radicals which is true and bit fictional then see the funny side ...🙏
Then you will realise what is actualy tolerance of #Hinduism...🙏
— ॐ सत्य वचन ॐ (@HonestWordsOnly) June 7, 2018
Bangladeshi showing there true colour. After all we Indians are responsible for freeing them from the atrocities of Pakistani Army as a Independent nation. This is there tradition of returning favours as according to the Islam.
— Nalin Verma (@Nalin17) June 8, 2018
— dharmdeep singh (@dharmdeep4frenz) June 8, 2018
“We Muslims don’t abide by human-made laws because they are always corrupt,” Faisal Shehzad, son of a Pakistan Air Force Retired Air Vice Marshal when convicted of an attempt to detonate a bomb in Manhattan. (For the kind attention of Team Quantico)https://t.co/E9zgPvuArc
— GAURAV C SAWANT (@gauravcsawant) June 8, 2018
— Bhatt Ji (@BhattJi14) June 12, 2018
General Tikka Khan said ‘a Muslim can never be disloyal to his/her father’, and ordered his Punjabi & Pathan soldiers to create a new generation of half Bengalis loyal to Pakistan. It’s said 300,000 Bengali women were raped in 1971. I just discovered one product of those rapes.
— Amit Kant Arora (@AmitKantArora) June 10, 2018
Sharbari, in an interview to Huffington Post, said, "I tweeted clarifying that I was not the writer of the episode and I thought they'd stop. They didn't. In fact, the abuse went up manifold and now, everything from me being a woman, a Muslim, a Bangladeshi, was being taken apart on Twitter".
She further said, "I was flooded with rape threats. Not just rape threats, but random people wishing that I be raped by terrorists and the ISIS. Others suggesting that I was, in fact, a sex slave of the ISIS. When my friends defended me, they faced similar abuses. A flurry of these tweets also suggested I write an episode for Quantico where a Muslim writer is gangraped by the ISIS".
It didn't matter that Sharbari Ahmed had nothing to with the writing of the particular episode, but she was chosen as a target nonetheless. Even though the episode in question was written by a Caucasian male, the subject of all the vicious trolling was the Muslim woman. The constant barrage of nonsensical hate being out-poured has now reached an embarrassing point.
If a movie can depict all Muslims in a war-torn country as illiterate savages who are terrorists (American Sniper, The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) and need to be saved by the White messiah, why is any other depiction of terrorism such a bone of contention? The agenda being pushed through these tweets is the same as the agenda behind American Sniper: To establish the only type of terrorism is Islamic terrorism.
Fiction cannot be dictated. It is fiction for a reason. It is not true. A television show can write fiction any way they please. For years, Muslims have been portrayed as the ultimate threat to a point where real-life attacks have been carried out on innocent Muslims because of TV shows and films. And ABC's apology comes in as a major let-down for the network.
Updated Date: Jun 17, 2018 20:55:12 IST