British public broadcaster the BBC is coming under fire after a TV skit portraying the ‘Real Housewives of ISIS’ debuted online this week.
The skit, part of new BBC2 sketch show Revolting, imagines a Syrian outpost to the Real Housewives franchise with women who’ve moved over from the UK to join the Islamic State, and is littered with controversial jokes about suicide vests and beheadings.
“This is my sixth marriage — I’ve been widowed five times,” Housewife ‘Zaynab’ tells the camera as a bomb blast rings out.
“ … Six times.”
“Hashtag OMG, hashtag Jihadi Jane, hashtag death to the West, ISIS emojis!”
“Ali bought me a new chain which is eight foot long,” says another Housewife, as we see her struggling against a heavy chain attaching her to her stove.
“I can almost get outside, which is great.”
While some viewers welcomed the very politically incorrect humor on show, others felt the sketch unfairly mocked women living in fear under ISIS.
The BBC really made a satirical show called "The Real Housewives of ISIS" while the real housewives of ISIS are being raped and abused daily
— Meraj. (@UncleMeraj) January 4, 2017
In an interview with I News, the show’s creators Heydon Prowse and Jolyon Rubinstein defended the skit against its critics.
“It’s important not to pull your punches in satire. You have to be fearless or it undermines your credibility. You can’t go after David Cameron for five years like we did and not go after Islamic State,” said Prowse (the pair’s previous TV show, The Revolution Will Be Televised, consisted of satirical pranks and sketches highlighting conservative greed).
“The target is online grooming,” said Rubinstein.
“It’s about people who are vulnerable to these kind of approaches. We’ve had the ‘White Widow’ (British-born terror suspect Samantha Lewthwaite) so this is actually happening to women here.”
This article was originally published on news.com.au