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Name: The Siddiqui Family
Profession: Television Critics
Soc-Jus Charge: Terrorism Thought Crime
Soc-Jus Sentence: Public Shaming and Police Investigation
Joy Camp Designation: August 2016
The Siddiqui Family: Are from Derby and regularly contribute to the British reality TV show ‘GoogleBox’ which features a number of families and groups of friends from around England and Wales who react to British television shows from their own homes.
Brothers Baasit and Umar and dad Sid are regular participants. Their third brother Raza occasionally appears but because he works late he rarely makes filming. Their Mother and two sisters are too shy to appear but do occasionally make cameos.
The Siddiquis are one of the most popular families on the show, in 2015 The Evening Standard chose them as their favorite GoogleBox family.
There are plenty of great ‘characters’ on Gogglebox, but the Siddiquis come across above all as being genuinely nice, kind-hearted people. While some of the show’s stars are loud and brash, the Siddiquis are quietly funny, always have amusing anecdotes, and are wonderful to watch together. Ben Travis Evening Standard
“To hate Ant and Dec is to hate life” Umar Siddiqui
Two Minutes of Hate: The family were placed under police investigation after Raza posted a photograph online of himself alongside his brothers paintballing, dressed in the usual camouflage gear.
Uploading the picture to prolefeed, Raza controversially wrote: “ISIS training day, look how happy we look!”. Fortunately this mistake became a useful learning moment when one of his own loyal prolefeed friends reported the picture to Derby Thoughtplod.
“When you are in the media, you have a responsibility. His friends were liking and loving it. You don’t know if any of those people are genuinely ISIS supporters.” Prolefeed Friend
Following the complaint, Derbyshire Police launched an investigation into the family and visited them at their home to discuss their hate crime.
“A member of the public contacted us after a photo of three men at a paintball centre was uploaded to Facebook, mentioning the so-called Islamic State. We have examined the photograph and are satisfied that the caption was not intended to be taken seriously, and there was no link to terrorism whatsoever. We will be offering suitable words of advice to those who uploaded it; however, no offences have been committed and there will be no further police action. Thought-Plod (Derby) Spokesperson
Following significant media coverage about the incident the Siddiqui family issued an apology for the shame that Raza had brought upon their family.
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