In-keeping with 2016's running themes (a, deaths of beloved pop cultural legends and b, throwing random subjects together for weird, somehow true news stories), Fireman fucking Sam has been accused of racism.
Fireman Sam. As in the kid's TV fireman with the boots and button nose.
An episode of Fireman Sam in which one character appears to tread on a page from the Koran has been withdrawn.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 programme shows a fireman slipping on a pile of papers - and as they fly into the air, you can see a page from the Koran. The ep was first broadcast in October 2014 on Channel 5 but the "error" (according to Mattel) has only just been spotted. Channel 5 has since removed the episode, and the poor old BBC is getting 1000s of complaints because people still associate the show with that channel.
Mattel apologised and wasn't done on purpose, or "maliciously".
Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, tweeted about what has to be the most batshit incident of the day:
But some people are not convinced Sammy's all that bad:
What was the Koran doing there in the first place? Which freeloader was at home, watching the kids show and noticed the weird shot?! OUR BURNING QUESTIONS NEED DOUSING WITH SOME TRUTH WATER, SAM.
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