Sharon Horgan’s "Mecca Suicide Bombers" Jibe on Have I Got News For You – Joke or Insult?
BBC’s Have I Got News For You is yet again at the centre of a potential Islamophobic row, when presenter Sharon Horgan made the jibe about “The Mecca of suicide bombers….is Mecca.”
Should Muslims turn the other cheek and accept it is a light hearted, off-the-cuff joke?
Or is it yet another example of a publicly funded body taking the blatant mick out of one of its most maligned and under-pressure communities?
I've actually been to a recording of the show, and all the presenter does is to READ off an autocue machine, so this “joke” was pre-written by the programme’s writers – all Horgan did was read it out.
Then again, the BBC loves a bit of moral midgetry - remember that old thing called 'free speech'?
Frankie Boyle certainly does, cracking a joke comparing Palestine to a cake being “punched to pieces by a very angry Jew” will get you rebuked.
Prejudice against Muslims has “passed the dinner-table test” and has become socially acceptable in the UK, even the Chairman of the Conservative party recognises this as a fact.
If we cannot accept bigotry in any shape of form, then why do Muslims have to learn to take a joke?