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Newsline: Indo-American actor mocks Russian envoy for mistaking him for a ‘terrorist’

Russian ambassador to the UK Alexander Yakovenko tweeted a screenshot of Indo-American actor Kal Penn’s face and used the photograph to make some points about “terrorists.” The Namesake actor, whose real name is Kalpen Suresh Modi, chose to laugh off and joke about Yakovenko’s mistake about his Harold and Kumar image. The saga began when Yakovenko tweeted a still of Penn from his movie, Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay. The still is from a scene in which Penn is wearing a black turban and a long beard to fit the stereotype of an extremist. His character is imagined to be a terrorist while he is aboard a plane where he is supposedly terrifying a fellow elderly female passenger. On Wednesday, Yakovenko tweeted the image of Kumar Patel (Penn) in order to illustrate a point about how the rivalry between the US and Russia is detrimental to defeating Islamic State terrorists in Iraq. Penn, who once served as associate director in the White House Office of Public Engagement, was amused by the tweet. He wrote: “The Russian Federation ambassador to the UK tweeted this Harold and Kumar picture with seriousness. I can’t stop laughing.”



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