Fireman Sam is an animated adventure children’s television series about a fireman called Sam. He, along with his fellow firefighters, protects the citizens of the Welsh town of Pontypandy. Lately, episode 7 of its ninth season has been banned following accusations of Islamophobia. On the contrary, the controversy has increased the viewership of Fireman Sam overnight. Now the question arises on where to watch the banned episode. Here are the details.
A scene in Fireman Sam Season 9 episode 7 shows a fireman slipping on a pile of papers and several sheets fly into the air, one of which looks covered with Arabic script—a page from the Quran Shareef is “briefly depicted.”
Although the episode of the animation series was first aired in October 2014 on Channel 5, the blunder has only recently been detected. Mattel, the production company, expressed regret on the issue.The firm also conveyed that it had cut ties with the animation studio that created such gaffe.
Since it hurt the religious sentiments of the Islamic community, episode 7 of Fireman Sam has also received criticism from religious heads. The assistant secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain Miqdaad Versi took the issue to Twitter and wrote: “I have no idea what went through the producers’ minds when they thought this was a good idea #baffled.”
He added that he had identified the page from the holy Quran as “Surah Mulk (67), verses 13-26.”
Meanwhile, a Mattel spokeswoman explained: “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.”
On Tuesday, Channel 5, the broadcasting channel of Fireman Sam has withdrawn the episode from its streaming website. In fact, the broadcaster expressed it had no plans to show it on TV, reports the BBC.
For those who are still eager to watch the banned episode to know the inside story, don’t fret! Here is a way out. One can watch Fireman Sam Season 9 episode 7 titled Sam Saves The Sea online at watch series.ac.