Coronation Street cast banned from talking about Marc Anwar
The cast of 'Coronation Street' have been banned from talking about Marc Anwar's tweets.
The Pakistani-born actor, who played Sharif Nazir on the ITV soap, took to Twitter to call Indians "b*****ds" and "p**s-drinking *****" in a tirade that led him to get sacked from the programme.
Now, bosses of the show are taking no chances when it comes to a further fall out, as they've put the whole crew "on lock down" and prevented them from talking about the controversial outburst.
A source told MirrorOnline: "The whole crew have been gagged and put on lock down after the racist tweets scandal."
The actor - who has since deleted his Twitter account entirely - expressed his opinions in a foul-mouthed rant after 17 soldiers were killed at an army base in Kashmir, sparking a UN clash between India and Pakistan.
He tweeted: "Why the F***k do #pakistaniartists want work in #f*** face #india, do you love money so much.
"Ban #india movies in #PakistanisLeaveIndia. B*****ds p**s drinking #*****.
"F***ing #indians killing our #Kashmir brothers and sisters, beygairth #NawazSharif still sucking #modi Lul! (sic)"
In a statement released by ITV at the time, they announced the actor would not be returning to the cobbles "with immediate effect".
The statement 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."
And the sacking of Marc hasn't come without consequences, as the writers of the show are now left with the task of wrapping up his storyline and writing him out of the show.
A show source said: "Sharif's storyline is at a particularly pivotal moment right now. He's a few months ahead but it's still going to be a headache for bosses to write him out now he's gone for good. That said, the show does not tolerate racism, whatever the context.
"They had to act quickly to avoid any controversy affecting the show and this is a small price to pay. They just feel deeply frustrated that he had to air his feelings so publicly."