Corona­tion Street’s Marc An­war sorry for ‘racist tweets’

Malta Independent - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Corona­tion Street ac­tor Marc An­war has apol­o­gised for al­legedly post­ing tweets about In­di­ans which ITV said were racially of­fen­sive.

He was sacked af­ter screen­shots were pub­lished of the tweets, ap­pear­ing to hit out at In­di­ans over Kash­mir.

ITV said the Pak­istan-born ac­tor, 45, who joined the soap as Sharif Nazir in Fe­bru­ary 2014, would be leav­ing the show “with im­me­di­ate ef­fect”.

“I’d like to of­fer my sin­cere apolo­gies for my tweets on Fri­day,” An­war said.

His orig­i­nal tweets in­cluded of­fen­sive lan­guage used to re­fer to In­dian peo­ple.

The screen­shots, posted first by the Sun­day Mir­ror, also call for Pak­istani ac­tors to stop work­ing in the coun­try.

The com­ments come af­ter the In­dian army said it killed a mil­i­tant in a gun­fightin the dis­puted re­gion of Kash­mir, which is claimed by both In­dia and Pak­istan.

An­war said he was sorry “es­pe­cially to peo­ple from In­dia” in a YouTube video­posted on Sun­day.

“The lan­guage was un­ac­cept­able and I feel I’ve let a lot of peo­ple down,” he said.

He added: “I hope ev­ery­one I of­fended can find it in their hearts to for­give me.”

Mr An­war’s char­ac­ter had been a mem­ber of the first Mus­lim fam­ily on the street.

In a state­ment, ITV 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.”

ITV con­firmed that pre-filmed episodes with the ac­tor - who has also ap­peared in Hol­ly­wood films such as Cap­tain Phillips and The 51st State - will still air, but his pres­ence in the show will be min­imised un­til his char­ac­ter can be writ­ten out.

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