A Happy Meal toy that made patrons of McDonald’s restaurants in Saudi Arabia unhappy because it purportedly insults Islam’s prophet Muhammad has been removed from distribution in the Muslim desert kingdom.
The toy, a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers plastic figurine, stands on one leg and pounds on its base with the other leg when a lever is pressed.
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.
The protesters demanded “the strongest possible punishment for the restaurant,” warning they would “not be silent until this is realized.”
In response, McDonald’s Arabia said it withdrew the toy from all its restaurants “to safeguard against any accusations or misunderstandings.”
Kermalkom.com reported the protests began after the toy had been distributed a few days. Saudi children and their parents began to notice the designs at the base of the toy, interpreting them as Arabic script, the website said.
Similarly, in 2005, McDonald’s rival Burger King withdrew an ice-cream dessert after a Muslim businessman, Rashad Akhtar, claimed that the swirl design on the lid resembled the Arabic inscription for “Allah.”
Burger King apologized, explaining that the design “simply represents a spinning ice-cream cone.” The chain said it would work in cooperation with the Muslim Council of Britain to develop a new design.
But Akhtar, 27, was not satisfied and launched a boycott.
“This is my jihad,” he said. “How can you say it is a spinning swirl? If you spin it one way to the right you are offending Muslims.”
Islam and counter-terrorism expert Daniel Pipes recalled at the time of the Burger King complaint that the Council on American-Islamic Relations – the D.C.-based lobby group designated an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terror-finance case in U.S. history – pressured Nike in 1997-98 into recalling 800,000 shoes.
CAIR complained that the English word “Air” in the shoe’s logo allegedly resembled the Arabic lettering for “Allah.”
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