Citizen Khan receives over 200 complaints – Daily TV round-up

New BBC comedy has been deemed offensive to Muslim people.

New BBC comedy 'Citizen Khan' has received complaints after some viewers deemed it offensive to Muslim people.

The show, which aired on Monday night, has been accused of 'taking the mickey out of Islam' and was also criticised for portraying a heavily made-up girl wearing a hijab.

Citizen Khan received over 200 complaints (Copyright: BBC)

200 official complaints have been made so far, with the BBC's message board and Twitter providing a sounding board for the anger of other viewers.

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In one scene that has caused particular controversy, the daughter of lead character Mr Khan rushes to put a hijab on and pretends to read a copy of the Koran when her father comes into the room.

One viewer wrote: “This is terrible stereotyping, ignorant and just dreadful,” while another added: “HIGHLY disappointed especially when her father walks in and she dis-respectfully opens the Koran!!” (sic)

Meanwhile on Twitter, @sayeedahassan1 said: “When will BBC stop with racial stereotyping? Re:citizen khan,” (sic) while @Saduf_I added: “Caked in makeup, a sleeveless top & tight clothes? A pathetic portrayal of a hijabi. The hijab defines modesty. This isn't it.”

Critics have not looked favourably on the new show, written by and starring British Muslim Adil Ray, with Arifa Akbar of the Independent saying: “Comedy doesn't have a duty to represent real people, but it does need to be funny, and while a family comedy requires a broad appeal, this is no reason to unspool recycled jokes that worked a treat 40 years ago.

“The whole show seemed like it was stuck in a 1970s time warp. If the BBC's billing of it as the channel's first British Muslim comedy series had intended to give it some edge, this first episode quickly dispelled the spin.”

A BBC spokesperson defended criticism of the show, saying: “Citizen Khan has made a very positive start, launching successfully with 3.6 million viewers and a 21.5 per cent share in a late-night slot.

“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.” [Daily Mail]

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