UK TV comedy accused of insulting Muslims

Citizen Khan "takes the mickey out of Islam" among complaints aimed at BBC programme
UK TV comedy accused of insulting Muslims
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By Sara Anabtawi
Wed 29 Aug 2012 11:35 AM

A UK television comedy about a Muslim community leader has attracted around 200
complaints following the broadcast of its first episode, it was reported.

According
to UK-based newspaper The Daily Mail, viewers claimed that BBC1 sitcom Citizen
Khan, which depicts a British Pakistani family, “takes the mickey out of Islam”, includes “stereotypes about Asians” and
is “disrespectful to the Qur'an”.

One particular
scene, in which the show’s lead character's heavily made-up daughter rushed to put on her
Islamic headscarf and pretended to read the Qur'an as her father entered, angered some
viewers.

Among
the comments on the BBC’s message board after the broadcast included: “This is
terrible stereotyping, ignorant and just dreadful.”

Others
defended the sitcom: “People are reading too much into Citizen Khan,
especially the hijab thing, it happens!”

A BBC spokesperson said: “Citizen Khan has made a very
positive start, launching successfully with 3.6m viewers and a 21.5
percent share in a late night slot."

"New comedy always provokes differing reactions from
the audience. The characters are comic creations and not meant to be
representative of the community as a whole," the spokesperson added.

The six-part series, which aired for the first time on
BBC1 on Monday, was created by British Muslim Adil Ray, who also plays the
lead role.

The comedy mocks Khan’s self-importance, his
delusional view of his position in the community and the business world,
reported the Daily Mail.

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