Published: 2017-11-11 11:31
Last Updated: 2017-11-12 11:58
If we can learn anything from Christmas, it would be to dedicate time to our families and the poor, to spread love and to be more understanding.
Tesco, one of the UK’s biggest supermarket chains, gets that.
As part of the retailer’s “Everyone is Welcome” campaign, Tesco released their annual Christmas advert on Sunday, which featured different families celebrating the holidays as they feasted on a Tesco turkey.
The families were Christian, Sikh, Muslim and gay.
"Racist" viewers were furious to see a Muslim family included in the celebrations, and took to Twitter to vent their frustrations.
#tescochristmasadvert is vile. Muslims have nothing to do with Christmas so why show them celebrating it?? Can you imagine id Christians were shown celebrating Eid? No appreciation for the true meaning - the birth of Jesus Christ. Badly done, Tesco!— Elle Roudel (@ElleRoudel) November 10, 2017
Politically Correct Tesco Christmas Ad Features Sikhs, Gay Dads, Hijabi Muslims – But No Visible Christianity https://t.co/eVTLqb9NbD— cool maga (@hawkin_scot) November 9, 2017
However, Tesco released a statement in response to the "racist" backlash:
“Everyone is welcome at Tesco this Christmas and we're proud to celebrate the many ways our customers come together over the festive season,” a Tesco spokesperson said.
“We will celebrate the many ways we come together at Christmas, and how food sits at the heart of it all.”
The advert used the tagline “However you do Christmas, we’ve got a turkey for you. Everyone’s welcome at Tesco” to reinforce the point it was making.
Muslims and non-Muslims responded to the #tescochristmasadvert like this.
So according to these #tescochristmasadvert bigots they don't like Muslims because they don't integrate but if thy have the temerity to celebrate Christmas that is going way too far— Martin O'Neill (@DrNostromo) November 11, 2017
Bottom line is I don’t think anyone - Muslim or non-Muslim - should be offended by something as minor as a christmas advert.— Nelima (@Nelima_Begum) November 11, 2017
Acceptance for all please. #tescochristmasadvert
#tescochristmasadvert— stephen barnes (@fatboy677) November 10, 2017
wasnt jesus all inclusive of race creed and religon didnt he say were all children of god