Quantico row: Dubai hotel cuts ties with chef Atul Kochhar after Islamophobic tweet against Priyanka Chopra
The JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai has cut ties with celebrity chef Atul Kochhar, amid a furore over his recent tweet against the Priyanka Chopra-starring TV show Quantico.
The Quantico episode, which depicted a group of Hindu nationalists hatching a terror plot, met with strident criticism from Indians. Both Priyanka Chopra and ABC (the network that airs Quantico) had issued separate apologies in wake of the backlash.
Among Priyanka's critics was chef Atul Kochhar, who tweeted: “It is sad to see that you have not respected the sentiments of Hindus who have been terrorised by Islam over 2000 years. Shame on you." He later deleted his tweet.
Kochhar — who runs the Michelin-starred Benares restaurant in the swish Mayfair area of London as well as the Rang Mahal restaurant in the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai — was swiftly schooled on Twitter, both for getting his facts wrong, and for the display of bigotry.
He issued an apology on Twitter that read: "There is no justification for my tweet, a major error made in the heat of the moment on Sunday. I fully recognise my inaccuracies that Islam was founded around 1,400 years ago and I sincerely apologise. I am not Islamophobic, I deeply regret my comments that have offended many."
Kochhar followed it up with a second, more detailed apology, in which he expressed regret over hurting his Muslim friends and the Islamic community...