I personally wasn’t offended because I can believe it was a genuine mistake – perhaps a piece of stock imagery that got sent off in a rush. I believe in the benefit of the doubt and do genuinely wonder why, if someone was intending to cause offence, they would go to such lengths to keep it buried and then present it in such an obscure way.
Wondering if I was alone in my thoughts, I spoke to journalist Hussein Kesvani earlier about whether he was offended himself. “I don’t know if it’s intentionally Islamophobic or just some weird accident,” he told me.
“What I think is more interesting is that the Muslim individuals on social media talking about it are being attacked. Rather than people understanding why they’d be angry, they’re just being dismissed and demeaned and even accused of supporting Isis.”Of course they are being 'dismissed and demeaned'. Remember 'Life Of Brian'? Remember 'Piss Christ'?
That's what we do in this country when idiots start squawking about their beliefs being ridiculed. Or at least, it's what we used to do. Comparatively recently, we stopped. A certain religion - only one, mind you! - was never to be mocked.
It's nice to see a return.