The producers of popular kid’s show Fireman Sam, have been forced to apologise for an error in judgement after a scene showed a character tripping over a page from Islam’s holiest book- the Koran.
HIT Entertainment issued an apology last night after viewers spotted the slip up on an episode called ‘Troubled Waters’ which aired on June 28. The statement apologised for the hidden Islamophobic symbolism, claiming the producers had no idea it was there.
“It has been brought to our attention that in an episode of Fireman Sam an image of the Koran is briefly depicted,” the statement said.
The company said it was cancelling its contract with the Chinese animation studio responsible for creating the scenes.
“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. 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.”
The scene in question shows a character tripping over and trampling on pages from the Koran that are being sorted out on the floor of a fire station. The papers that go flying in the air were meant to have illegible text on them however they clearly depict a verse from the holy book. Assistant Secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, Miqdaad Versi, identified one page as containing verses 13 to 26 of chapter 67 of the Koran. The verses deal with the origins of existence and the punishments meted out to non-Muslims.
“I have no idea what went through the producers’ minds when they thought this was a good idea,” Mr Versi tweeted.
Strangely, this is not the first time the show has been called anti-Muslim. In 2012, Fireman Sam co-creator David Jones was detained at London’s Gatwick Airport after making a comment about a Muslim woman who was wearing a veil.
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