ABC made a blunder this week, confusing “Quantico” star Priyanka Chopra with another Indian actress in a promo advertising a “Nightline” interview with the Bollywood star. The network quickly issued an apology for the mistake.
Ironically, the story — which is headlined “How ‘Quantico’ Star Priyanka Chopra Dealt With Race Issues,” deals with Chopra’s racial bullying while attending school in the U.S.and prejudice she encountered throughout her life.
Social media users were quick to point out the mistake.
— HighHeelConfidential (@HHCGuiltFree) September 29, 2015
The promo footage shows Indian actress Yukta Mookhey, instead of Chopra.
“Nightline” quickly apologized and corrected the promo.
— Nightline (@Nightline) September 29, 2015
Chopra took the error in stride, tweeting “Lol!” about the mix-up.
— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) September 29, 2015
The Alphabet was criticized for its promotion of the freshman series earlier this year, coming under fire for its “sexy” ads. Gawker-owned blog Jezebel argued that ABC, which usually caters to women during its Shonda Rhimes-focused TGIT, diminished Chopra’s female lead character to eye candy for male viewers.
“These Quantico ads felt like ABC was awkwardly trying to see what it might be like to market to dudes, 17.8 million of them,” Hillary Crosley Coker wrote on the website.
Chopra’s interview with “Nightline” airs Tuesday night on ABC.