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Comedian Omid Djalili criticised after mocking Welsh language on social media

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Comedian Omid Djalili has been criticised on social media for mocking the Welsh language.

The stand-up, who is also an actor and television producer, tweeted a photograph of a bilingual road sign for the National Botanic Garden in Carmarthen at the weekend.

It translates to 'Gardd Fotaneg Genedlaethol' in Welsh and the Iranian-born comedian shared the photo along with the words, "There are worse things than being Welsh, dyslexic & having a terrible stutter. But not many."

One Twitter user called Gwilym was critical of his remarks saying his daughter is "fiercely proud of being Welsh and battles her dyslexia with a fierce intelligence and better humour than you appear to possess as a comedian".

Many also urged Djalili, who is Persian, to apologise.

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He said the replies he was receiving were "superb" and replied to one user who said she used to like him in Welsh.

Mr Djalili, who has featured in films such as The Mummy, Sex and The City 2, and Mamma Mia Here We Go Again, appeared to be spending the weekend in Wales after performing at the Park and Dare Theatre on Saturday night.