Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Blue Ranger Happy Meal Toy 'insulting Muhammad'

Saudi Muslims who launched a campaign against the global fast-food giant say the designs on which the Power Ranger stomps form the name “Muhammad,” reported Raymond Ibrahim of the Gatestone Institute, citing a report Sunday on the Arabic news website Kermalkom.com

They accidentally call the toy 'Mighty Morphin Power Rangers' but it is clearly Power Rangers Samurai, which was a Happy Meals toy months ago in the United States but currently one in Saudi Arabia. They cite the dragon symbols on his disc which is clearly dragons and nothing else.We, Power Ranger fans, know this is all silly but worth mentioning because culturally it is interesting what can be considered harmless or insulting. This originated in Japan, which is acceptable in Japan and came to the US and US parents don't seem to have problems with it but apparently some Saudi Muslims do. But not all of them:
http://dailycaller.com/2012/05/29/not-all-muslims-are-angry-at-the-power-rangers-for-stomping-on-their-deity/

6 comments:

NightRanger said...

First of all, aren't those supposed to be the symbols from the Water Disc\Ryu Disk? Second...doesn't Haim Saban have a Indian or Muslim background? All I can say over this whole argument is OMG...don't they have anything else better to do?

henshin0 said...

So why is this offensive?

Lavender Ranger said...

Nightranger, Haim Saban is Israeli! BIG difference!

Henshin0, like I would tell my students... they believe that the symbols look like a Muhammad symbol and it is holy, you can't deface it. They think the Blue Ranger is stomping on their holy symbol and that is why it is offensive to them.

Unknown said...

This is why the Middle East can't have nice things.

Diana Magupayo said...

Since Super Sentai or Power Rangers Series didn't aired in the Middle East, I wished these Happy Meal Toys won't be sent there. You know, the Arabic Culture is different from the Japanese Culture particularly Samurai and Ninja. And that is an offense to Allah (Muslim God) and the Arabs won't train Samruai Swords because they are so deadly.

Lavender Ranger said...

Diana, good points.