Tesco Defends Muslim Family In Christmas Advert After Racist Backlash And Boycott

11 November 2017, 09:54 | Updated: 12 November 2017, 09:50

The supermarket has responded to an outpouring of racist abuse after featuring a Muslim family in a Christmas advert.

Supermarket Tesco has defended featuring a Muslim family in one of its Christmas adverts following an Islamophobic backlash.

The television advert follows a diverse series of families, from a same-sex couple to a Muslim family.

Each is shown preparing a turkey, playing games and pulling crackers. One scene shows a Muslim family greeting each other with gifts as they arrive at someone’s house.

The clip provoked a response characterised by religious prejudice. Some called it “very wrong”, others promised to boycott the supermarket.

The scene featuring a Muslim family
The scene featuring a Muslim family. Picture: YouTube/Tesco

One user wrote: "Christmas advert is offensive. Halal meat/Muslims who don’t celebrate Christmas. How dare you. I’m a devout Christian and I’m very offended."

Another tweeted: "@Tesco why are you showing Muslims celebrating Christmas in your advert that’s just wrong, we all know they don’t !!!"

And one promised a boycott: "Note to self - boycott Tesco re Christmas advert."

Tesco said the advert shows how people "come together at Christmas."

“Everyone is welcome at Tesco this Christmas and we’re proud to celebrate the many ways our customers come together over the festive season.” 

The supermarket added that the Christmas campaign “will celebrate the many ways we come together at Christmas, and how food sits at the heart of it all”.

Maajid Nawaz railed against the complaints.

He said: "The only conclusion I can come to is that this is driven, and fuelled, by a rising anti-Muslim sentiment that wants no Muslim presence in this country and will take any opportunity to decry and bemoan a semblance of a Muslim presence in this country.

"Your real agenda here is you just want a white, nativist, non-Muslim Britain. You want to hark back to that nostalgic sense you have of a country before immigration.

"That's the only conclusion I can come to because you're not happy either way.

"If Muslims refuse to integrate you complain. If Muslims integrate you complain. That tells me there's an axe to grind and you're grinding it."

Watch the advert at the top of this page.