New Delhi: Actor Randeep Hooda has been removed as the ambassador of Convention for the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), United Nation’s environmental treaty, following the controversy over his derogatory comments against Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati. The move comes after an old video went viral where the actor was seen making a joke on the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, which several said was “casteist and sexist”
In the video, Randeep is seen sitting on a stage in the presence of other panellists while he takes to the microphone to talk to the audience. He announces that he’s going to make a ‘joke’ and sets the premise for it with politician Mayawati as the subject. Since the video went viral, people on the social media have been demanding an apology and are also trolling him. ‘Arrest Randeep Hooda’ has started trending on Twitter.
In a statement posted on its website, CMS said the organisation finds the comments in the video to be “offensive” and Hooda will no longer serve as the ambassador for them. “The CMS Secretariat finds the comments made in the video to be offensive, and they do not reflect the values of the CMS Secretariat or the United Nations,” the statement read. “Mr. Hooda no longer serves as a CMS ambassador,” it added.
On the work front, Randeep Hooda features alongside Salman Khan in “Radhe: Your Most Wanted Bhai”, which dropped digitally on Eid. He will be next seen in ‘Unfair and Lovely’ alongside Ilena D’Cruz.