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BBC comedy sketch 'Real Housewives of ISIS' blasted for 'trivialising' plight of jihadi brides in Syria

Mirror logo Mirror 5/01/2017 Steve Robson

Credits: BBC © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: BBC A sketch on a new BBC comedy show entitled 'Real Housewives of ISIS' has been accused of 'trivialising' the plight of victims of the regime.

The clip, which features in the BBC Two show 'Revolting', shows British women talking about life in the Islamic State.

One of the characters comes in modelling a suicide vest as if it's a new outfit.

A friend says "Oh babe, you look gorgeous!" before turning to the camera and adding: "She looked massive. You’re gonna need a lot of Semtex to kill that one."

In another scene, a character called Afsana says "It's only three days to the beheading, and I've no idea what I'm going to wear."

And in another, a character called Hadiya tells the mock-documentary: "I'm so glad I moved over here. It's everything those guys in the chat rooms told me it would be" before being pictured scrubbing floors.

The writers behind the show are Heydon Prowse and Jolyon Rubinstein, two friends who met at the £5,971-a-term private school King Alfred in London.

They told the i newspaper the sketch is using comedy to tackle extremism: "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."

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But the clip has received a mixed response after being posted on the BBC's Facebook page.

Nabil Obineche wrote: "Girls who go to join these groups are groomed.

"Tell me, there be any sketches mocking white girls that are also victims of grooming? I mean it's all humour right?"

Gina Kathryn Beever added: "This isn't even Satire! Satire is much more intelligent than this.

"I don't remember comedy programmes about the IRA.

"If this made a valid political point or satirical humour then maybe, but this is just crap, offensive, juvenile rubbish."

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Jake Cooper chimed in: "People are entitled to make fun of and laugh at whatever they want. "

"But I cant help but find this tasteless, ISIS is still a current threat and people die by their hands and women are treated with outright disrespect.

"So to make light of it really feels like a low blow."

And Jack Scotcher went on: "The broadcast trivialises the atrocities in Syria and justifies the mockery of the plight of Syrians through purported 'satire'.

"It is utterly beyond the pale to broadcast something so shockingly vulgar and distasteful as this."

But not everyone found the clip offensive.

Irfan Mansor said: "I like it. It’s making fun of isis which is a good thing. The whole point of satire is to bring people down to a level.

"If you can mock something, you’re not scared of it. ISIS want to be feared. Don’t give them that. And yes I’m Muslim, and a leftist.

"This does not offend me and even if it did, I just wouldn’t watch it."

And journalist Sunny Hundal said: "I’ve seen quite a few friends of mine post this on their FB – many outraged others who loved it. I’ll just make three points. First, it’s hilarious.

"Secondly, why shouldn’t the BBC be allowed to make fun of ISIS or their supporters? So what if it’s offensive? That is the point of comedy sometimes, and it’s about time we had more BBC stuff poking fun at Muslim/Sikh/Hindu communities. Not all of us are unable to laugh at ourselves.

"Thirdly. Yes, some of these wives of ISIS are victims. In fact some of the skits show that (‘8 ft chain’)… but some also went there as willingly as adults. They deserve to be ridiculed."

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