A new comedy series about a Muslim family debuted Monday on BBC1– and as you could’ve guessed, some people are outraged.
Citizan Khan, starring Adil Ray (a British Muslim) as an over-the-top husband and father, premiered to 3.6 million viewers, but the BBC’s message board lit up with comments from detractors, who called it – among other things – disrespectful to the Koran, ignorant, dreadful and stereotypical.
“We’re delighted that so many people enjoyed this new comedy and we have received a number of appreciations from members of the Muslim community and beyond in praise of the show and for creator Adil Ray, who like the family portrayed, is a British Pakistani Muslim,” a BBC spokesperson said.
The scene that seemed to draw the most negative reaction was one in which Khan entered his daughter’s room (played by Bavna Limbachia) unexpectedly as she hurries to put on her hijab (a traditional Muslim veil) and pretends to read the Koran.
“Alongside these appreciations, a small percentage of viewers have complained to the BBC regarding the show’s portrayal of the Muslim community,” the statement continues. “New comedy always provokes differing reactions from the audience and as with all sitcoms the characters are comic creations and not meant to be representative of the community as a whole.”
After our exhaustive research, we can also report that not one, single person is publicly outraged about the show name’s terrible pun. You can check out the entire episode below.