Ron Atkinson whilst speaking to a female contestant on the show who happened to be covering her head with a jumper (similar to the manner Muslim women cover their hair with a hijab) made a 'I hope you haven't got a bomb under there' type comment.
Now Ron Atkinson is in his 70s and did state he did not mean to offend anybody but Muslims are subjected to similar terrorist accusations as part of 'humour' in everyday life in the UK. I'm glad Channel 5 reprimanded Ron and did consider the comment to be unacceptable:
A spokeswoman for Big Brother said: “Ron made an unacceptable comment last night. He has received a formal warning.”
As a Muslim Brit I truly hope this incident will help the lay person in the UK to realise this type of comments is hurtful to Muslims and if left unchecked could escalate into something even more worrisome. There is already a strong right-wing backlash against Muslims so it's important for everybody to try and tackle the existing anti-Muslim feeling amongst some people in Britain.
After Ron Atkinson leaves the Celebrity Big Brother House, perhaps it would be wise for the Muslim community in the Midlands (where Ron lives) to invite Ron to a mosque and let him understand more about the beauty of Islam.
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Jesus taught people to do the Will of God (according to Mark 3:35) in order to become his brothers, mothers or sisters. A Muslim means one who submits to the Will of God. Do you want to become a brother of Jesus? If yes, become a Muslim. Now is the time.
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