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A Pakistan-Born Actor Was Fired From A British TV Show After A Racist Twitter Rant Against Indians

Former "Coronation Street" star Marc Anwar referred to Indians as "bastards" and "piss drinking c***s"

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Tensions are high between India and Pakistan currently, after clashes in Kashmir resulted in the deaths of dozens over the past few weeks, including civilians.

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The clashes have seen parties from both sides calling for Pakistanis to stop working in India.

On September 23, Pakistan-born actor from celebrated soap opera Coronation Street, Marc Anwar, went on a racist Twitter rant against Indians, while again calling for Pakistani artists to stop working in their country.

The 45-year-old had been part of the long-running show since 2014, before referring to Indians as "bastards" and "piss drinking c***s".

The following day, Anwar was fired from the show after immense social media backlash.


“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,” an ITV statement read.

The decision has been welcomed by viewers of the show and other people alike.

Well done @ITV for sacking the despicable @MarcAnwar #racist #RacismIsASickness

Such a shame that people like @MarcAnwar still exist. Well done Coronation Street on firing him. #racist

Anwar has since deleted the offensive tweets and issued an apology on his YouTube channel:

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"I'd like to offer my sincerest apologies to anyone I may have offended with my tweets, especially people in India. This was never my intention. The language was unacceptable," Anwar said.