Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda has been removed as the ambassador of the 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.

Hooda has been under fire since Wednesday when a nine-year-old video of him making a ‘joke’, which social media users termed casteist and sexist, went viral online.

The clip from an event organised by a media house in 2012 resurfaced when a Twitter user shared it. The video shows Hooda cracking a joke and then laughing along with the audience.

In a statement posted on its website, CMS said the organisation finds the comments in the video to be “offensive” and that Hooda will no longer serve as the ambassador for them. The actor was appointed as the CMS Ambassador for Migratory Species in February 2020 for three years.

The CMS, in the statement, clarified that even though it is a treaty of the United Nations, it is separate from both the UN Secretariat and the UN Environment Programme. The only entity for which Hooda served as a brand ambassador was CMS.

The 44-year-old actor is facing criticism both on and off the internet, with many asking him to apologise for his remarks against the former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. On Friday, #ArrestRandeepHooda was trending as Twitter users demanded legal action against the “Radhe” actor.

Recently, many celebrities have been called out for their casteist remarks, including TV actors Munmun Dutta, Yuvika Chaudhary, comedian Neville Shah and sportsperson Yuvraj Singh.

(With inputs from Press Trust of India)

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