Following the controversy surrounding his harsh statements on Bahujan Samaj Party head Mayawati, actor Randeep Hooda has been withdrawn as the ambassador of the Convention for the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), the United Nation’s environmental treaty.
Randeep has been under criticism since Wednesday, when a nine-year-old video of him making a “joke” that social media users labelled as casteist and misogynistic went viral.
The 43-second film from a media event in 2012 was revived when a Twitter user posted it. Randeep is seen in the video cracking a joke and then laughing with the audience.
CMS said in a statement on its website that the words in the video are “offensive,” and that Randeep will no longer act as their ambassador.
“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.
In February 2020, the actor was named CMS Ambassador for Migratory Species for a three-year term.
While CMS is a United Nations treaty, the statement highlighted that it is distinct from both the UN Secretariat and the UN Environment Programme, and that CMS was the sole organisation for whom Randeep functioned as a brand ambassador.
The 44-year-old actor is facing a barrage of criticism, both on and off the internet, with many calling on him to apologise for his words about Uttar Pradesh’s former chief minister. #ArrestRandeepHooda was trending on Twitter on Friday as Twitter users sought legal action against the Radhe actor.