The woman, identified only as “Sid,” was seen on a British news broadcast in a televised interview after the Manchester terrorist attack, which resulted in many deaths.
The woman’s burka said the word “love,” but each letter was in the shape of a different weapon. Meanwhile, she was telling the reporter that what the city needs now is to “stand together” and try to move past the horrific event.
Sid is part of a mostly Libyan activist group that has been trying to bridge the gap between Islamic immigrants and native Europeans.
A Muslim woman has received backlash for wearing a burka with pictures of weapons during a televised interview about the Manchester terror attack.
The woman, identified only as “Sid,” was interviewed alongside a group of Muslims in a predominantly Libyan community within Manchester, according to the Daily Mail. The group told news journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy that they condemned the May 22 terror attack at a pop concert, which killed 22 and injured 116.Sid told the reporter that she was “devastated” by the news and that the Manchester community needs to “stand together” in order to move past the horrific event.
Twitter users were quick to condemn the woman, writing that her outfit was inappropriate given the nature of the interview.
“Channel 4 actually broadcast this,” one person wrote. “Nothing says love like a hand grenade & flick-knife.”
Others called the woman “disgusting.” The station responded to backlash, saying that it removed online versions of the interview once the woman’s attire was brought to its attention.
However, upon further investigation, the broadcast organization commented that Sid’s burka was meant to be a type of protest.
“We are now satisfied that the intention of that image is to subvert weaponry and is an anti-violence protest t-shirt,” the channel said. “The image was made famous in 2013 when the singer Jennifer Hudson was pictured wearing a very similar design, which spelled out the word ‘love’ in guns and other weapons. She told fans ‘it’s time to turn all of that into this LOVE.'”
The word is made up of four images: a pistol, a grenade, a knife and a machine gun.
The internet was more than quick to criticize the woman, whose native customs clearly didn’t help her to understand the irony between what she was saying and what she was wearing.