The art of parody has long been at the core of most great and enduring comedy.
It involves exaggerating for effect, which requires logic to be suspended and sensitivities to be dulled a little because stereotyping is inevitable.
But does anyone really believe every Londoner is like Del Boy Trotter, or that Basil Fawlty was typical of all Torquay guesthouse owners?
Sadly, the BBC received more than 200 complaints about its new comedy Citizen Khan, with most claiming it was disrespectful and ‘took the mickey out of Islam.’
Yet it was written by, and starred, Adil Ray – a Muslim.
I’d like to know how many of the complaints came from hand-wringing, right-on, non-Muslim whingers. Most I suspect.