EastEnders viewers slam writers over Ian Beale’s Muslim comments

Ian Beale’s son Bobby (Clay Milner Russell) has recently converted to become a Muslim.

And EastEnders’ Ian (Adam Woodyatt) isn’t happy about it at all.

Ian was seen moaning about Bobby’s new religion to mum Kathy (Gillian Taylforth) on the BBC soap tonight. 

He asked her: “Why is my son suddenly a Muslim?

“Why can’t he be like a normal teenager and get a tattoo or a piercing or something?”

He then added: “It feels like I don’t know him anymore.”

Kathy replied: “This is about him, not you.

“It gives him something to cling on to, some routine. We can give him that.

He’s still the same Bobby.”

BBC viewers weren’t happy about the comments.

One wrote on Twitter: “Ian just said ‘Why is my son a Muslim all of a sudden?’. EastEnders writers need to be careful because that was offensive.”

Another added: “So Bobby wanting to be Muslim means he’s suddenly not normal? Really Ian?”

A third asked: “Why are you so bothered Ian? I don’t think you cared this much when he killed Lucy!”

Even Ian’s mum Kathy admitted he was being “prejudiced”.

EastEnders continues on BBC One on Thursday at 7:30pm.

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