Asim Chaudhry reprised his role from sitcom People Just Do Nothing for a BAFTAs opening skit which took aim at controversial star Laurence Fox.
Prior to host Graham Norton’s opening monologue at tonight’s ceremony, Chaudhry appeared as his character Chabuddy G from the BBC mockumentary series.
According to The Independent, Chaudhry was shown auditioning 1917 director Sam Mendes and Jojo Rabbit leading man Roman Griffin Davis for the job of introducing Norton to the stage.
He told Mendes: “If you need any more brown guys for your war films, contact my agent. He’s Laurence Fox.”
Fox has recently been criticised for an appearance on Question Time and for claiming on a podcast that the inclusion of a Sikh soldier in 1917 was an example of diversity for diversity’s sake.
He said: “There is something institutionally racist about forcing diversity on people in that way.”
Many pointed out on social media that soldiers from Asia fought alongside British forces during the First World War.
History lesson for Laurence Fox:— TellMAMAUK (@TellMamaUK) January 21, 2020
Every sixth British soldier serving in WW1 was from the Indian subcontinent, Sikhs made up more than 20% of the volunteer army (close to 1.5m served).
74,187 Indian soldiers died and a comparable number were wounded.
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This year’s BAFTAs has been criticised for a lack of diversity, with only white people nominated across all four acting categories.
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He described 2019 as “the year when white men finally broke through” and said Joker was “the story of a white men who makes himself even whiter”.
Joker leads the field at the BAFTAs with 11 nominations, followed by The Irishman and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood with 10 each.