The BBC denied it had been "homophobic" after a complaint was made to police about Have I Got News For You.
After discussing Iran's failure to make the world's biggest ostrich sandwich, guest host Alexander Armstrong said: "On the plus side they do still hold the record for hanging homosexuals."
A BBC spokeswoman said: "The presenter never intended for this comment to be homophobic - quite the opposite."
Another aggrieved minority so determined to be offended that they can't tell the difference between an attack on them and one on their, and our, enemies. Very worrying.