Citizen Khan creator hits back as complaints rise to 700 – Daily TV round-up

The creator of BBC comedy 'Citizen Khan' has hit back over accusations that it stereotypes Muslims after complaints grew to more than 700.

Ofcom has also said it's considering launching an investigation into the programme, which aired on Monday night.

British Muslim Adil Ray, who wrote the series and also stars as lead character Mr Khan, has now defended the show.

“’Citizen Khan’ is not a Muslim comedy, it is a British family sitcom,” he told BBC Radio Five Live. “It is family comedy with universal themes of hypocrisy, deceit, and relationships that we can all connect to.

“We are not all the same. This is something I want to get away from. British Muslims are all very different people.

“It is a great opportunity for Muslims to be seen as like everybody else. To say, 'Look we have the same human flaws as everyone else but we just have a different religion'.”

Some of the 3.3 million viewers who tuned in to the first episode said that the show 'insulted and ridiculed' Islam, while a scene where Khan's heavily made-up daughter quickly puts on a hijab and pretends to read the Koran when her father enters the room came in for particular criticism. [Daily Mail]

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