No Muslim outrage over 84 dead and 200 wounded in Nice, a pregnant woman hacked to death in Germany or a priest beheaded in Normandy – to name just a few recent deadly events by Muslims. But an old cartoon – that’s outrageous.
The makers of Fireman Sam have ‘apologised unreservedly’ after an episode showed a character standing on a page of the Koran.
Eagled-eyed viewers claim the episode ‘Troubled Waters’ of the children’s television classic is Islamophobic because it showed bumbling character ‘Elvis’ disrespecting the Muslim holy book.
Channel 5, which aired the episode last month, has removed it from its online catch-up service.
The scene begins when Elvis takes a tumble holding a tray of tea when he slides on a piece of paper on the floor.
Pages of scripture then fly up into the air as they, and the character, come crashing to the floor.
Twitter users identified the pages as from the Muslim holy book, the Koran.
According to social media users one page shows verses 13-26 of chapter 67 of the ancient work.
A spokeswoman for the multinational firm Mattel, which owns the show’s makers Hit Entertainment, said ‘It has been bought to our attention that in an episode of Fireman Sam (Series 9, Episode 7), an image of the Quran is briefly depicted.
‘The page was intended to show illegible text and we deeply regret this error. We sincerely apologise for any distress or offense it may have caused.
‘We will no longer be working with the animation studio responsible for this mistake.
‘In addition, we are taking immediate action to remove this episode from circulation and we are reviewing our content production procedures to ensure this never happens again.
‘Again, we apologise unreservedly to our viewers.’
Mattel also owns the popular brands Thomas the Tank Engine and Bob the Builder.
Channel 5 removed the episode, which they broadcast on June 28, because of the allegations.
The episode has only just come under the spotlight after it was first broadcast in 2014.
A spokesman for Channel 5 told the news website Middle East Eye there were no plans to air the episode again.
MailOnline did contact Channel 5 for further comment but a spokeswoman declined.
The original show started on the BBC in 1987 and finished in the mid-1990s. Channel 5 then bought the rights to broadcast a new version from 2008.
Most viewers could care less.
Channel 5 and Mattel are the real Islamophobes if there is such a thing. They are bending over backwards in fear of Muslims who will wage jihad and kill innocent people over a children’s cartoon that they suspect has an image of the Koran – a book full of hate. They yanked the episode, fired the firm that made it and reviewing content production to ensure it never happens again. WTF?
Pro-jihad Youtube seems to have wiped that episode off of playlists too.