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BBC pig roast angers Muslim staff

The spit-roasted hog was put on display outside the broadcaster’s Arabic TV station as part of Commonwealth Games celebrations

BBC pig roast angers Muslim staff

Muslims staff at the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) have expressed “horror” over a pig roast held outside the broadcaster’s Arabic TV service’s offices in London.

The spit-roasted pig, including the decapitated head, was served up as part of the station’s celebration of the Commonwealth Games, being held in Glasgow, according to The Sun on Sunday newspaper.

Muslims, who are banned from eating pork, took to social media to express outrage at the offensive meal.

“'Horror in my lunch break at BBC New Broadcasting House,” an Iranian BBC journalist wrote.

A staff member told the newspaper the pig roast was “disrespectful” and claimed it was “being flaunted”.

However, a BBC spokesman said the corporation had not received any complaints.

The Arabic TV service is one of the Corporation's flagship channels, covering 32 countries.

The team has been significantly expanded since 2008, when it officially launched.

The pig roast is not the only situation to lead to claims of offence during the Commonwealth Games. Malaysian politicians also claimed the use of Scottie dogs dressed in tartan to lead out athletes in the Games opening ceremony were “disrespectful” to Muslims.

The ultra-conservative Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, which is in opposition, claimed Muslims were not allowed to touch dogs, which were considered to be unclean, and Games organisers should have been sensitive.

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Gerhardt 5 years ago

when in Rome, do as the Romans....when not in Rome, understand that you cannot control your environment. We live by the traditions here....you must be able to turn a blind eye to traditions in secular countries. Like we're told here.....repeatedly..."if you don't like it, leave"

Tariq AD 5 years ago

I am a muslim and I do not eat pork. But, why would I be offended by the sight of a roasted pig in a non-muslim country? I find it strange that people choose to be offended.

I have vegetarian friends, should they be offended at the sight of a roasted chicken?

If you find the sight disgusting, then do not look!

Ayoola Rasaq Akanni 5 years ago

True experience is the best teacher