UK Soap Sacks Pakistan-Born Actor For Offensive India Tweets

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UK Soap Sacks Pakistan-Born Actor For Offensive India Tweets

Marc Anwar had joined 'Coronation Street' in 2014.


London, United Kingdom: 

Highlights

  1. Marc Anwar joined Coronation Street in 2014
  2. The posts hit out at India over the Kashmir dispute
  3. As a consequence of his comments, he was sacked from the show
Pakistan-born actor has been sacked from Britain's most popular television soap after posting what broadcaster ITV called Sunday "entirely unacceptable, racially offensive" comments about Indians on social media.

Marc 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 Sunday Mirror 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.

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 will still appear in scenes that have already been filmed for upcoming episodes.

Famed for its cobbled streets and wistful big-band theme tune, "Coronation Street", which began in 1960, became the longest-running soap opera in the world in 2010.

Set in a fictional suburb of Manchester in northwest England, it remains one of Britain's most-watched programmes with around eight million viewers.

It has also been syndicated in dozens of countries around the world.

Guest stars have included Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne.


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