Pakistan-born actor Marc Anwar is the latest to join the India-Pakistan tug of war. Unfortunately for him, he has been sacked from British TV show Coronation Street after posting racial prejudice against India.The most popular TV soap’s broadcaster ITV termed the incident as “entirely unacceptable, racially offensive”.
Anwar, 45, joined Coronation Street, the world’s longest-running TV soap opera, in 2014 as a member of the show’s first Muslim family.The Local newspaper published screenshots of the messages posted on his personal Twitter account.The posts hit out at India over the Kashmir dispute and suggested Pakistani actors should refuse to work in the country.”Indians killing our Kashmir brothers and sisters,” he wrote in one tweet.
However, many of his tweets were not as discreet and contained insulting terms.An ITV spokeswoman said: “We are deeply shocked by the entirely unacceptable, racially offensive comments made on Twitter by Marc Anwar.”We have talked to Marc and, as a consequence of his comments, he will not be returning to Coronation Street with immediate effect.”
His character, gymnasium boss Sharif Nazir, will still appear in scenes that have already been filmed for upcoming episodes.
The actor has appeared in Hollywood films including Captain Phillips and51st State.