by MARIANE ANGELA at dailycaller.com
HBO has officially announced that they’re dropping Serbian actor Miloš Biković from the cast of “The White Lotus” Season 3, Variety reported.
The decision came following a public outcry initiated by Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The ministry accused Biković of supporting Russia amidst its ongoing conflict with Ukraine, sparking a controversy that led to HBO’s decision. “We have decided to part ways with Miloš Biković and the role will be recast,” HBO said in a statement, per Variety.
In response to his dismissal from “The White Lotus,” Biković issued a statement expressing his concern over the situation’s impact on artistic freedom.
“Today, a targeted campaign has been unleashed against me, seemingly as an external maneuver to influence decisions that can create a disturbing precedent shadowing the essence of artistic freedom,” the actor said in a statement, per Variety. “The result of such a narrative is the triumph of absurdity and the defeat of art.”