The move comes after an old video went viral in which Randeep Hooda was seen joking with former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati.
The United Nations Secretariat said in a statement that actor Randeep Hooda has been removed from the post of ambassador for the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS). The move comes after an old video went viral in which the actor was seen joking at former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, who was termed by many as “racist and sexist”. He was speaking at an event organized by media house India Today in 2012.
The CMS Secretariat said it recently came to know about a video clip and found the comments in the video to be “objectionable”. It said they “did not reflect the values” of the CMS Secretariat or the United Nations. It also states that when Hooda was appointed as CMS Ambassador for Migratory Species in February 2020.
the organization was unaware of the 2012 video at the time. It made it clear that the CMS, also known as the Bonn Convention, is a United Nations treaty. And is distinct from both the United Nations Secretariat and the United Nations Environment Program. CMS was the only unit of Hooda for which he acted as brand ambassador. The actor was named as ambassador along with Australian explorer and environmentalist Sacha Dench and British biologist Ian Redmond OBE and was to perform his duties in 2023.
The video clip surfaced again on Tuesday after a user posted it on Twitter and created an uproar on social media. Many, including Kavita Krishnan, a member of the CPI-Male politburo, referred to the “racist and sexist” nature of the joke. Many people demanded an apology from Hooda, while #ArrestRandeepHuoda was trending on the microblogging site. Meanwhile, the actor has not released any statement in response.