Coronation Street actor Marc Anwar, who plays the role of Sharif Nazir on the popular British show, has been shown the door after he posted abusive and racially offensive tweets against India.
Amidst the heightened tension between India and Pakistan following the Uri attacks, the 45-year-old actor went on a Twitter rant on 23 September, calling Indians “ba*****s” and “pi**-drinking c***s.”
In another tweet, Anwar also asked all Pakistani actors to stop working in India. He wrote, "Why the f*** do Pakistani artists want work in f***face India, do you love money so much?"
ITV, the UK-based television network that airs the soap opera, was made aware of the situation when Sunday Mirror brought it to light.
The network immediately fired the actor and issued a statement that read, “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.” However, the pre-filed episodes featuring Anwar will be aired.
Anwar was a part of the show since 2014 and played the father of Kal Nazir, a prominent character essayed by Jimi Mistry.
Anwar deleted the astonishingly offensive tweets a day later (on September 24) and even issued an apology on his timeline.
The actor tweeted, “I never meant to offend anyone, race, religion. #KashmirKillings makes me sad. Once again, I apologise unreservedly.” Anwar posted another apology earlier today as well.
Marc Anwar apology for Indian brothers and sisters https://t.co/3tHV3jaZrH
— Marc Anwar (@MarcAnwar) September 25, 2016