A Moroccan sheikh has issued a fatwa against a reality TV show, calling the series and programs like it “among the most grave and abhorrent of sins.”
The fatwa, or religious edict, was issued by Sheikh Adnan Zohar against “Taxi 36,” which began airing on pubcaster 2M at the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.
In the series, taxi drivers, played by professional actors, surprise their passengers with shocking behavior as the cameras roll. The show has been a smash during the holy month, when families gather around the TV at night.
Zohar says the program violates Islamic principles because it “makes fun of people and humiliates them in public.”
Station execs defended the show last week, saying it was meant purely as entertainment.