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The White Lotus drops Milos Bikovic amid Ukraine controversy


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Serbian-Russian actor and film producer Milos Bikovic will no longer be part of the American dark comedy-drama anthology TV series The White Lotus, reported The Hollywood Reporter.
He was cast in the third season of the HBO series. However, now it has decided to part ways with him after Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs criticized Bikovic’s casting over the Serbian-born actor’s seeming support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, in a January 24 social media post, the ministry asked, “HBO, is it all right for you to work with a person who supports genocide and violates international law?” over a video clip of the statement made by Bikovic’s about Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea.
Bikovic has worked in Russia for a decade, got an honour from Vladimir Putin in 2018, and will become a Russian citizen in 2021.
In a statement of his own, Bikovic said, “I was honoured to be chosen to be a part of White Lotus, a TV series that I hold in high regard and with colleagues whom I deeply respect.
However, my participation is not possible due to reasons beyond the realm of art and I will not bow to any narrative that seeks to compromise my integrity.
I would like to thank everyone who stood by me.
I wish my colleagues great success in creating the next season.” (ANI)


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