An online comedy about a group of Muslim suicide bombers in Britain could cause “gratuitous offence”, the chief executive of the Board of Deputies has warned.
Living with the Infidels, a sitcom which was launched on the web on Thursday, centres on a Bradford-based terror cell who are “set on a path to martyrdom” but are tempted by football, the pub and busty women.
The production company, The System Predicts, led by film-maker Aasaf Ainapore, claim the series has been made with the support of a senior, though unnamed, member of the Muslim Council of Britain.
A synopsis of the series, posted on its own website and YouTube, says: “Initially set on a path to martyrdom, Yorkshire’s jihadi warriors discover the West isn’t as bad as it seems.
“Tempted by the likes of Man U, cable TV and ample Abi upstairs, what’s a man to do? Will they find Paradise in the arms of 72 virgins, or is Shangri-La closer to home, propped up at the bar in The Dog and Duck?”
Jon Benjamin, chief executive of the Board of Deputies, said: “We haven’t seen the programme, and comedy can be a good way of addressing difficult social issues, but the programme- makers should be aware of the dangers of stereotyping and causing gratuitous offence.”
But Mr Ainapore said: “I’m not trying to cause offence. I’m trying to use comedy to change people’s thinking.
“A way to talk about serious issues is through comedy. Mel Brooks did a similar thing with The Producers and I don’t remember the Muslim community pointing a finger at him and saying it was offensive to Jews.”