‘The White Lotus’ Called Out by Ukraine for Casting Miloš Biković

‘The White Lotus’ Called Out by Ukraine for Casting Miloš Biković

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Ukraine is calling out HBO’s “The White Lotus” for casting Serbian actor Miloš Biković, claiming that he is the “Kremlin’s foreign mouthpiece.”

Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs took to X, formerly known as Twitter, on Wednesday to express its disappointment over the casting.

“Miloš Biković, Serbian actor who has been supporting Russia since the start of the full-scale invasion, is now set to star in HBO’s ‘The White Lotus’ Season 3,” the post reads. “@HBO, is it all right for you to work with a person who supports genocide & violates international law?”

The post is accompanied by a video accusing Biković of supporting the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022. The clip shows the actor receiving a medal of honor from Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2018 for his contribution to Russian arts and culture. Biković has held Russian citizenship since 2021 and has collaborated with those in the Russian entertainment industry who have supported the invasion, including director Nikita Mikhalkov with 2014’s “Sunstroke.”

“If this is the dark side of the comedy, then HBO just did it really well,” the video says. “Dear HBO, do you really support genocide?”

Representatives for HBO and Biković did not immediately respond to Variety‘s request for comment.

Biković’s casting in “The White Lotus” was announced on Jan. 12 alongside “The Zone of Interest” star Christian Friedel, Morgana O’Reilly (“Mean Mums,” “Housebound”), Lek Patravadi (“In Family We Trust,” “Nang Nuan”) and Shalini Peiris (“The Ark,” “The Danny & Mick Show”). Season 3 of “The White Lotus” will take place in Thailand and follow a new crop of hotel guests.



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