The Real Housewives of ISIS skit causes outrage
In the least surprising news of the week, a new sketch titled The Real Housewives of ISIS has provoked controversy online.
The sketch, which is part of the BBC Two comedy Revolting and aired on Tuesday night, featured fictional housewives poking fun at beheadings, wearing suicide bomber jackets and hashtagging Instagram pictures with #DeathToTheWest.
Predictably, the sketch did not go down well on Twitter, where viewers were quick to announce how distasteful they found the minute-and-a-half clip.
Users branded the sketch “insensitive” and “the lowest of the low”.
— Raz (@raztweets) January 4, 2017
That "Real Housewives of ISIS" show on @BBCTwo is the lamest, least funny excuse for "comedy" I have ever seen. Way to demonise Muslim women
— Ruqaiya (@ruqxx) January 4, 2017
'The Real Housewives of ISIS' is so distasteful. Lowest of the low from BBC2
— Lauren (@lonotralph) January 4, 2017
However, others applauded The Real Housewives of ISIS for daring to satirise such a sensitive subject.
— Sarah Kate (@SarahKate26) January 5, 2017
Twitter user @GSpellChecker explained: “Just look at these young, talented women in hijabs – relentlessly belittling something that only attracts young girls because they are convinced it is the greatest honour – romantic almost. A duty.
“The male theocrats will not like this sketch-based counter-narrative. Not one bit. This, I would suggest is the perfect measure by which to decide what’s worth supporting in life.
“It’s just such a shame that the humourless and perpetually offended do not see this for what it is – progress.”
What do you think of the sketch? Watch it here and decide for yourself: