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
By Courtney Trenwith
Mon 04 Aug 2014 11:08 AM

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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