A satirical new skit based on a popular American reality series, was featured on the BBC’s “Revolting” comedy show last week.
While many found “The Real Housewives of ISIS” hilarious and entertaining, not surprisingly, others have found the parody “tasteless” and “offensive.”
The skit, which focuses on four British women wearing black hijabs who were lured by ISIS extremists to marry them, parodies Bravo’s infamous reality TV series, “The Real Housewives,” in the U.S.
In the opening of a skit set in Syria, the women repeat their tag lines, “It’s only three days till the beheading, and I’ve got no idea what I’m going to wear!”
“Mel” says, “Abdul seduced me online…he had me at free healthcare.”
Another woman complains that she has been widowed five times. An explosion can be heard in the background, causing the woman to change her answer to six.
At one point the women display their new outfits for one another when two of them show up in matching suicide vests.
“Ta-da! What do you think? Ahmed surprised with me it yesterday!” says one woman, as her friend posts a photo of her wearing the bomber vest on Instagram.
The women post the slick new vest picture on Instagram, followed by hashtagging the image. “#OMG #JihadiJane #DeathToTheWest, ISIS emojis,” one of the women writes.
BBC’s parody has set off a media firestorm with some calling the skit “tasteless” and “offensive.”
Anna Butcher wrote on BBC’s Facebook page, “Not funny at all. With everything going on in the world, I’m sure those who have been effected by Isis, or been victims of them, or the relatives of those killed in terrorists attacks, won’t be laughing.”
Another viewer wrote, “Disgraceful and distasteful. The BBC is normalizing Islamophobia through comedy. It’s also normalizing destruction of war torn Syria.”
On Twitter, the criticism was no different.
The real housewives of Isis “comedy” that the BBC is going to air just isn’t right. You can’t make a joke out of it… Cause it’s not funny
— Kayleigh (@KayleighA94) January 4, 2017
While some blasted the comedic skit, others felt that it was a total hit.
“This is pure comedy gold!” said Andrew McDonagh.
“Brilliant! Britain got through two world wars and numerous other tragic events by making inappropriate jokes about them, that’s how we deal with things and it’s our prerogative. The ridiculous deserves to be ridiculed, good on the BBC!” Facebook user Keith Phillips said.
Co-creator of “Revolting,” Jolyon Rubinstein, wrote on her twitter page, “Why shouldn’t we mock female jihadists?”
H/T: The New York Post
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