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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Fear of Causing Offence Offends Us All

I see that Fireman Sam has managed to get himself entangled in an alleged religious furore.

The BBC reports that an episode of Fireman Sam, in which one character appears to tread on a page from the Koran, has been withdrawn.

A scene in the children's programme shows a fireman slipping on a pile of papers - and as they fly into the air a page from the Koran is "briefly depicted", production firm Mattel said.

The episode was first broadcast in October 2014 on Channel 5 but the "error" has only recently been spotted.

Mattel apologised and said it did not believe it was done "maliciously".

Channel 5, which broadcasts Fireman Sam, has removed the episode from its streaming website.

Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, tweeted: "I have no idea what went through the producer's minds when they thought this was a good idea #baffled".

He also said he had identified the page from the Koran as "Surah Mulk (67), verses 13-26".

In a statement, Mattel said:
"The page was intended to show illegible text and we deeply regret this error.

We sincerely apologise for any distress or offence it may have caused."

It said it would "no longer be working with the animation studio responsible", and would take "immediate action to remove this episode from circulation".

"We are reviewing our content production procedures to ensure this never happens again.".
Looking at the offending clip, I am at a loss to understand how (unless someone looks frame by frame) a normal viewer could even see this?

How therefore was this first spotted?

In the current scheme of things, given the daily news headlines, why is this making headlines?

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  1. Anonymous12:48 PM

    "How therefore was this first spotted?"

    Because there is a dedicated cadre of people with nothing better to do than spend all their time winkling out any possible, potential anything that might just offend someone.

    I'm personally offended by the fact that the Koran and the Hadith say some really offensive things about non-Muslims: so why aren't they banned?

    Richmond Mathewson

  2. Anonymous3:48 PM

    After decades of bending over backwards, trying not to offend Muslims. The net result is that they now hate us more than ever, to the point where they would happily murder us.

    I have always disliked Muslims. Not just because of the 0.001% who seek to terrorise us; but because of the 99.999% that do absolutely nothing about de-radicalizing their own shit-ridden religion.

  3. Anonymous7:40 PM

    The day after an elderly priest is murdered by a follower of The Religion of Peace this story is published. My reaction is similar to that following the Charlie Hebdo murders when a few days later a group of them were clambering over a war statue in London demanding respect - revulsion.