BBC Defends ‘Citizen Khan’ After 200 Complaints
Soon after it was broadcast, Ofcom received complaints that the show which tells the story of a Muslim community leader and his family, ‘takes the mickey out of Islam’, contains ‘stereotypes about Asians’, and was also ‘disrespectful to the Koran’.
The scene that attracted the most trouble was one in which a young woman was seen doing her make-up, only to rapidly don a hijab and pick up the Koran as her father (played by Adil Ray, who wrote the six-part series) walked in.
Yet many have defended the show and many Asian viewers took to Twitter to explain that the hijab scene is familiar to many of them.
Others will suggest that the humour is certainly no more offensive than that in award-winning sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys, which lampoons stereotypical Irish culture.
The BBC released a statement explaining that.. “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.”
Citizen Khan is a six-part sitcom series, which has been created by British Muslim, Adil Ray, who also plays the main character.