The BBC received more than 3,000 complaints on Saturday morning after they broadcast an entire episode of Fireman Sam in Arabic on kids morning TV to ‘raise awareness of cultural diversity in Britain.’
Accoring to angry parent Michael Furby who recorded the EXCLUSIVE footage below, his four-year-old son Nathaniel was ‘in tears’ as he couldn’t understand what was going on.
He said: ‘I’ve never been so angry in my entire life. He was in tears because he thought that Pontypandy had been radicalised or something.’
‘It’s a disgrace. It’s not like you can pop over to Syria and catch an episode of ‘That’s My Kofte’ in English.’
A spokesperson for the BBC said: ‘As part of our partnership with Diversity Now, we chose to broadcast an episode of Fireman Sam in Arabic without any prior warning to deliver a powerful message.’
‘When you arrive in Britain for the first time and don’t speak any English, this is how your entire life feels.’
‘TV is a mystery, and we wanted people to realise just how hard it is to fit in with society.’
Philomena Spoonge is the patron of the charity English Consideration Organisation and she told Southend News Network that she was ‘delighted’ with the experiment.
She said: ‘What an amazing gesture from the BBC!’
‘They should show lots of programmes in Arabic without English subtitles to really drive home the message that new arrivals in Britain have a tough time.’
‘I’m now calling for The Queen’s Speech to follow this example on Christmas Day and show the world that we are a compassionate, caring nation.’