A show called The Real Housewives of ISIS premiered on BBC this week. The show which is meant to be a satire, left viewers divided on whether what was shown was appropriate or not.
The skit shows women modelling their new suicide vests, and shows them worrying about how to impress their ISIS recruits.
The premise is based on four women — Asana, Mel, Zaynab and Hadiya — who have travelled to Syria to join the Islamic State and become jihadi brides.
In one scene, Asana even says “ It’s only three days to the beheading, and I’ve no idea what I’m going to wear.”
The show garnered millions of views online, and audiences were conflicted about what they thought about it.
David Bill on Facebook posted: “Makes too much light of a serious situation. It mocks the hardship of those really effected by ISIS, not the west who sit comfortably in their front room watching this “light entertainment”.”
Another viewer, Timmy Poncho, posted: “This is fantastic…….people bang on about politically incorrect humour ….this is brave & funny & about time we poked fun at these morons!
Eloise Nora said that people were missing the point of the satire. “People here clearly missing the point of satire: the use of humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.”
And here are some views from Twitter:
BBC skit: Real Housewive of Isis isn't mocking women who were kidnapped by ISIS it mocks the radical idiots who WILLINGLY joined them
— Weiss (@Weiss_HKA) January 5, 2017
I don't find that BBC ISIS skit funny in the least but to be fair, even in the Arab world we have skits making fun of ISIS in the same way.
— ܢܘܪܢ (@levantina_) January 4, 2017
Watch the video here:
So what do you think? Is the show appropriate or does it seem too insensitive?