A BBC children’s animation depicting a toast soldier decapitating a cowering boiled egg with a butter knife has sparked outrage in the pages of the Daily Mail and The Sun after one mother likened the clip to an ‘ISIS-style’ execution.
Angela Halliwell has complained to Ofcom about the short alleging that the breakfast table battle amounts to ‘extreme violence’ and could normalise the act of beheading.
The controversy centres on a one minute long clip from an episode of The OOglies broadcast on CBBC which is now available on iPlayer – despite it having been first shown in April 2012 before the terror group even existed.
In its hysterical report The Sun wrote of a ‘toast jihadi, saying: “The Ooglies on CBBC shows a bread soldier smeared in red jam after being shot. It then throws an exploding grape that blows up his enemy. Then the animated egg’s head is chopped off Isis-style.”
A BBC spokesperson toldi100.co.uk: "OOglies is a popular slapstick comedy series that depicts all sorts of food getting into scrapes with each other.
"This clip involving a boiled egg and toast is no different and we would be surprised if our audiences read anything more into it."
Other commentators were quick to point out that the toast itself was burnt by the incident, with its boomeranging knife reducing it to a mound of crumbs at the end of the clip.