Grovelling apology over Fireman Sam’s Koran slip-up

Grovelling apology over Fireman Sam’s Koran slip-up

Channel 5, operated in the UK by the US media company Viacom, has been forced to withdraw an episode of  Fireman Sam, in which one character appears to tread on a page from the Koran.

According to the BBC, a scene in the children’s programme shows a fireman slipping on a pile of papers – and as they fly into the air a page from the Koran is “briefly depicted”.

The episode was first broadcast in October 2014 on Channel 5 but the “error” has only recently been spotted.

The production company Mattel apologised and said it did not believe it was done “maliciously”.

Channel 5, which broadcasts Fireman Sam, has removed the episode from its streaming website.

Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, tweeted:

I have no idea what went through the producers’s minds when they thought this was a good idea #baffled.

He also said he had identified the page from the Koran as “Surah Mulk (67), verses 13-26”.

A Mattel spokeswoman told the BBC:

It’s just an unfortunate incident where someone from the production company thought they were just putting in random text. We have no reason to believe it was done maliciously.

In a statement, Mattel said:

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.

It said it would “no longer be working with the animation studio responsible”, and would take “immediate action to remove this episode from circulation”.

We are reviewing our content production procedures to ensure this never happens again.

Here’s the clip:

Hat tip: Trevor Blake, BarrieJohn and Marcus Robinson

26 responses to “Grovelling apology over Fireman Sam’s Koran slip-up”

  1. I feel sick. says:

    And maybe Miqdaad Versi should be organising the Muslim anti terrorism protests instead of making a complete and utter arsehole of himself complaining about Fireman Sam. When the mosques burn will Sam be disposed to put out the flames? And if Muslims go on this way mosques will burn. Then they can really cry persecution … which is what they really crave for. It will make them happy and will go a long way to justifying all the violence … which they started in the first place with the intention of being reviled and ghettoised. Now you can see inside the mind of the victim … the victim who goes to extremes to be the victim … whose only ambition is to be a victim. Then all the muslim victims will shout and scream about their self made predicament of marginalisation,under education, poverty, low status, backwardness, incestuousness and utter failure. Same story for over a thousand years. Sickening.

    Miqdaad Versi, assistant secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, tweeted: “I have no idea what went through the producers’s minds when they thought this was a good idea #baffled”.

  2. L.Long says:

    Well if a fireman and I had to risk the dangers you aholes can expect that ! WILL WALK all over anything on the ground!!! Whether the Kakakaran or the buyBull or Dawkins! In fact I may even kick them over to one side to burn! And if you don’t like it ask your imaginary ahole friend for protection and run into the flames to save the PPPRRrrreecioussss (gollum voice)!

  3. barriejohn says:

    I don’t know which is worse – the complaints or the apology!

    They could always add an announcement to the cartoon:”No Muslims were harmed in the making of this film”, or even a phone number with the message: “If anyone has been affected by the issues raised here, please phone this number.”

    What’s next: Firemen Suleiman”?

  4. barriejohn says:

    PS I was going to ask whether firefighters would need to desist from using water on fires at mosques, for fear of damaging copies of the precious book, but I then realized that God – who can see into the future and is all-powerful as well – protects his followers, just as he did that poor priest yesterday. Anyway – there is plenty of evidence on the net of copies of the Koran being damaged by Muslims when bombing the premises of those who don’t believe in Allah in the right way, so hypocrisy or what?

  5. barriejohn says:

    PPS I knew Christians who thought in much the same way. I remember a “Cottage Meeting” (I don’t think they use that term any more!) in the 1950s where one innocent believer got into terrible trouble for placing his cup of tea on top of his closed Bible. You’d have thought that he had committed a cardinal sin!

  6. I feel sick. says:

    Perhaps the Syrian arm of Mattel can make a sequel to Fireman Sam more suited to the Middle East.

    Detonation Dan
    Immolation Mo
    Armageddon Achmed
    Suicide Sam
    Beheader Baz
    Stoner Stan
    Kalashnikov Ken
    Jihadi Joe
    Rapist Ron
    Molester Mick
    Incestuous Ian
    Executioner Eric
    Homotosser Tim
    Shitehawk Steve
    Kuffar Killer Kim
    Crucifier Chris
    Shirtlifter Shaun
    Mysogenist Mike
    Kiddiefucker Ken
    Onanist Nick
    Porno Perv Pete

  7. I feel sick. says:

    Pedophile Pete

  8. Neil says:

    Honour Killer Ken

  9. Neil says:

    Semtex Stan

  10. Neil says:

    Cutthroat Chris

  11. Neil says:

    Road Rage Rick

  12. Neil says:

    Car Bomb Chris

  13. Neil says:

    Terrorist Tony

  14. Neil says:

    Virgin Boy Vic

  15. gedediah says:

    1) I don’t buy the not intentional claim – why sack the animation studio if that was the case?

    2) It’s perfectly reasonable for TV companies to have policies aimed at avoiding offence to a minority class of customers, even if the offence seems trivial to the majority.

    3) Civilised people don’t need to get all unnecessary over something that offends them (e.g. US patriots over flag burning incidents). Raising a stink in the press is not a reasonable first response. It’s fine just to send an email.

  16. Smokey says:

    I am saddened by the compulsion to kiss the asses of religious extremists.

    If they are offended by a fictional character stepping on the image of a page of their “holy” book, then they are indeed extremists. Actually, if they are offended by anything at all that the rest of the world does, then they are still extremists. Like drawing an image of a long-dead man that nobody knows what he looked like.

    If they complain about Fireman Sam, then they should not be placated or negotiated with.You don’t negotiate with terrorists. Today Fireman Sam, tomorrow pubs, because they serve alcohol. Actually, we’re there already. You can kiss centuries-old British culture goodbye. What’s next then, women’s driving licenses? Bare ankles? Secular laws? Wait, that’s also done.

    On the other hand, if they’re not offended, then there’s no need to kiss their asses, is there?

    Damn religious extremism, and triple damn the enablers.

  17. Neil says:

    Check this out.

    I think the catholics have more than enough filthy lucre to pay for their own security defences, turnsiles, electronic surveilance, metal detectors and armed security guards without further burdening the french state which has enough expense combatting terrorism on public streets and in public spaces. I am guessing all the mosques are safe anyway. Synagogues may need goverment support as they are a real target and are impoverised compared to the papal riches stashed away in offshore and dark net accounts.

  18. CoastalMaineBird says:

    What’s the use of being all-powerful if you get offended at such trivial stuff ?

  19. Dave says:

    Is there anything more pathetic than religion, or any religion more pathetic than Islam?

  20. ZombieHunter says:

    The question I would ask is why was the page in there in the first place?? in what context was there a need for a page from the koran to be in there?? does fireman sam have a new muslim character?? (haven’t watched it in years and I don’t like the way they’ve CGI’d it)

    not defending the overreaction or grovelling just felt that question needed to be asked

  21. Gill Kerry says:

    Fireperson Sam looks like Paul Shinners! Was this intentional. I think we should be told

  22. barriejohn says:

    Maybe it wasn’t an innocent mistake at all, as you can just see this being someone’s little joke at the expense of Islam, and why, indeed, would Fireman Sam have a copy of the Koran in his office? But even if it was deliberate, the reaction is just too predictable, and shows up the religious in a very poor light again, though I don’t see any great significance in the verses chosen, as it’s all complete bollocks to me:

  23. Broga says:

    ” why, indeed, would Fireman Sam have a copy of the Koran in his office?”

    Perhaps he had been radicalised?

  24. I feel sick. says:

    Check this out ….the Pope says the world is a war but it’s nothing to do with religion. Yeah … Right. It’s all to do with religion because it retards beggars impoverishes and divides. Religion is at the very root of the problem – it forces hatred it forces conflict and gives true believers divine right to murder those that oppose them. So Francis you are 100% wrong in your stupid and dishonest assertion.

  25. Trevor Blake says:

    “Keep your opinion secret” – Sura 67:13.

    Yes, please. Please, please do.