BRITAIN: BBC Comedy Show Spawns Social Media Storm With Real Housewives Of ISIS Sketch [VIDEO]

From the Hollywood Reporter:

Joking about the Islamic State can be a dangerous matter. A BBC comedy show featuring a sketch called “The Real Housewives of ISIS” has come under fire for trivializing the very real issue of Jihadi brides. The sketch, lampooning the Real Housewives TV series and posted online Tuesday to promote the show Revolting, features four British women in hijabs discussing their new life in the Islamic State.

Perhaps predictably, the response from social media was less than enthusiastic. Many said it was “distasteful” when there were many cases of British girls under the age of 18 who had been groomed online and lured to the Islamic State. But not everyone has been offended, with several Twitter users pointing out that the whole point of satire was to bring people down to a level. “If you can mock something, you’re not scared of it,” posted one person. “ISIS want to be feared. Don’t give them that. And yes I’m Muslim, and a leftist.”

  • The Milkman

    I have a hard time being sympathetic toward people who are either so stupid or so unstable that they can be lured into joining ISIS via online “grooming”. Mockery is the least they can expect.

    • ElenorRigby

      If you’re that weak-minded, maybe the world is better off without you.

      • Jeffrey

        It is, though it’d be great if you could just pass yourself away without taking a hundred bystanders with you.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    This is how I’ve felt about “Trump as comedy” for the last six months. It trivializes how dangerous he actually is.

    • Todd20036

      It helps us to deal with evil when we can laugh at it.

    • james1200

      I heard someone say, maybe even right here on JMG, that the best way to deal with fascists is to laugh at them, because they just can’t deal with it. That is certainly true about the humorless Trump; his skin is as thin as his political qualifications. We need to do nothing but laugh at Trump, ISIS and other lunatic fools because it gets to them and throws them off their game.

    • Ore Carmi

      You have a good point. During the summer, I did not believe Trump would ever be elected. I underestimated the lack of rationality of the American populace. I’m mortified. I’d found him funny and worthy of ridicule. After the election, I couldn’t even smile.

      • Bared Bear

        I’m still holding out in my mind (yes, I’m a little bit of a Pollyanna) that Trump was never really elected by voters, that he was projecting when he kept saying that the election was rigged, and that he was given the title by a clusterfuck of Mafioso, Russian, and FBI working together to bring on another coup to they can harnass “merikkka for their own evil agendas. But I so often misunderestimate the stupidy of ‘merikkka.

        • Ore Carmi

          It’s frightening when we start asking, “wait, would a coup be bad?” For me, honestly, it’s more about all the frightening things the Republicans in Congress are trying to push through–dismantling healthcare, giving subpoena power to their staffers, gutting ethics oversight, messing with Medicare, wrecking the economy… How do we stop them?

          • fuow

            Well, for starters, we could vote.

          • Ore Carmi

            I already do. Now that the Republicans are in power despite my voting (and canvassing), what else can we do to halt their destructive agenda?

        • marshlc

          I believe this to be true. The entire election smells to high heaven.

        • fuow

          PT Barnum got the number of ‘real’ ‘meriKKKans’ right a long time ago.
          What we liberals are bad at, awful at – voting. It makes us even stupider than they are.

    • marshlc

      I think mockery serves a useful political purpose.

      But it’s got to be intelligent mockery, and have a point.

      I know that the “orange cheeto” type mockery of Trump is popular around here, but to my mind it’s not the most useful kind. Making fun of Trump’s hair turns him into a kind of pet, rather than pointing out the outrage that he is.

      The kind of mockery that Jon Stewart used to do, on the other hand, can help deflate the Emperor with no clothes.

      • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

        I agree. I am afraid that because Trump is such an infinitely ludicrous person people are going to settle into this dense fog of mockery as a source of entertainment and not take his real dangers seriously.

  • safari

    It’s comedy: an empowering force when dealing with difficult topics

    • another_steve

      “Laughter: The best medicine.”

  • Silver Badger

    I hope this skit does not cause bloodshed. Muslims have no more of a sense of humor than christians.

    • Michael R

      My first thought was ( unfortunately ) worry
      about the safety of the actresses .

      • kaydenpat

        Yep. ISIS deserves mocking though.

      • Goodboy

        It’s not a matter of if but when. Their religious psychopaths take being made fun of as a insult worthy of death.

    • Bj Lincoln

      Only the extremists are humorless. The average Muslim probably found it funny because they know it is only extremists

  • kaydenpat

    Is it bad that I laughed?

    • safari

      Only to people who don’t understand comedy.

    • Bj Lincoln

      No. It was funny.

    • Bared Bear

      Nah. I laughed too. Religions (or anything that takes itself so seriously) to me are pretty much the epitome ridiculousness. I mean Christianity is a complete sham and has shunned even the façade of what is supposedly their most sacred reasons for existing (helping those in need, loving one another, bring compassion into the world, etcetera) over to just being the power-mongering, political bitches in heat that they are.

      I do have a hope that in 50 to 75 years, that Islam will truly be the religion of peace and rightfully supersede Christianity… which will be relegated to even more obscure idiots like those who pay for Scientology membership. And that at least 100 years from now, humanity will have totally outgrown the need for religion.

      • kaydenpat

        To be honest, I wouldn’t want to see Islam supersede Christianity. I’d just like to see all religions take their rightful place outside of politics and the public square. Worship whoever and whatever in the privacy of your homes and places of worship. I don’t need to hear about it.

        • another_steve

          ^^ Yes. Very well-put, kaydenpat.

          Worship whomever you want. Worship the corner fire hydrant if you want. I could not care less.

          Just don’t make me pay for it out of my taxes — and do it privately, outside of the public square.

          • Jerry

            I have yet to worship at the corner fire hydrant, but I think the neighbor’s dog does.

        • Bared Bear

          I agree that religion must be kept separated out from politics and the public commons. But I do think there’s a lot of beauty to their religion… to many religions. I don’t need to believe in it to appreciate it. (Just like I can appreciate Scarlett Johansson’s beauty… but that doesn’t mean that I want to worship her sexually).

          It’s when religions are allowed to metastasize… to become something much more in a society or your personal life than something that should be quietly contemplated like a nice cup of hot tea that you enjoy all the fuck alone and not thrown in your neighbor’s face (or bed).

    • Colonel Panic.

      Budge up and make room on the naughty seat then.

    • Goodboy

      I think it was great and brave of the producers and actors.

    • Sean Williams

      Matchy Matchy!

    • karmanot

      Yes, why yes, but you can ALWAYS sit by me and do it! 🙂

    • No, not bad at all. Liberals need to get a fucking sense of humor. The left is getting to be as bad as the right.

  • geoffalnutt

    That’s a great way to get dead. Religion doesn’t take kindly to being made fun of. Hello?

    • Bj Lincoln

      Only humorless extremists take it the wrong way. They are the ones with the problem.

      • Ore Carmi

        I disagree. People who have been recently traumatized by ISIS would probably also not find this funny. Not that that should bar people from making comedy.

        • boatboy_srq

          If you’re going to exclude from comedy any humorous situation that is potentially painful, pretty soon you won’t have anything you can laugh about.

          • Ore Carmi

            I agree.

  • Cousin Bleh

    That video is no more distasteful than the actual Housewives. And at least it was funny.

    • Cousin Bleh

      Mmmm. Yes, let me remove my monacle and discuss the distastefulness of RHOX

  • dcurlee

    I found it comical

    • PeterC

      I might have found it funny, if I could have understood it. On my computer it arrives on U tube which is in short blips (stops and starts) which makes it totally Non-understandable., Must rely on pictures.

  • james1200

    I really wish the press would stop covering it as news when a few hundred people are outraged about something stupid on Twitter. The P.C. Brigade on Twitter are not a representative sample of the population at large (any more than the Nazi Brigade there is) and the mainstream press is feeding into this constant “outrage cycle” in the news about utter bullshit like this. It just wears people down and they tune out real outrage being committed out there (and it will help Trump, who’s actual criminal actions will just be part of the background noise.) This skit was funny; fuck anyone who thinks otherwise and I refuse to believe even the British have become this humorless.

    • safari

      If you think twitter is bad, wait until you see tumblr.

      • james1200

        Tumblr seems awesome and not just because Tumblr porn is so much better and kinkier, lol! I love Tumblr! They have a PC brigade but they have everything and whatever happens on there isn’t covered by the press like it reflects the attitude of everyone in our society, which is how the press covers Twitter, which was my point.

        btw, I don’t know if this makes me a hypocrite since I was condeming being overly PC but this is one of my fav Tumblrs and it will be very important in the age of Trump’s Nazis; a Tumblr that makes employers aware of any racist assholes they have working for them and getting their ass fired.

        • safari

          Tumblr does have superior porn.

      • Millstone

        I didn’t know tumblr had any content other than really filthy, really great porn.

        • David Walker

          I can’t decide whether you’re being redundant (filthy = great) or really, really enthusiastic. Both are totally acceptable.

  • Mike Solo

    I laughed, and comedy is a very important tool. Now that it has aired, maybe more will realize that groomed jihadi brides actually is a problem

  • another_steve

    Making fun of the enemy is good therapy.

    We here on this blog do it all the time, most recently with respect to Donald Trump, the Sexual Predator-Elect.

    • David Walker

      Hell, Mel Brooks says that’s why he wrote the movie “The Producers.” That was a bit more than 20 years after WWII and he felt that making a musical about Hitler was a way to knock him down. Great concept, great movie.

      • another_steve
        • David Walker

          Thank you. I can never not watch this. To me, and it’s strictly mho, the movie runs out of steam after this, but there’s no way to follow it. When I watch the DVD, this is the last thing I need to see to be satisfied that it is a great movie.

          • another_steve

            I agree. The movie isn’t consistently strong throughout.

            I view it as a montage of riotously funny skits.

  • BeaverTales

    If you are dumb enough to leave the UK to be a jihadi wife, you probably deserve to be widely and resoundingly mocked for your stupidity.

    • james1200

      Didn’t we all used to laugh at ourselves? I laugh at gay stereotypes, or the mocking of them, and in fact most human beings can laugh at themselves. But it’s not just Jihadis who’re humorless: a lot of people in our society want exemption from being laughed at, including Trump’s followers, who according to even some on the left, are victims of PC culture (because they can no longer call people the “n” word without being called on it, I guess), and because Hollywood ignores them by not setting romantic comedies in Kansas but always setting them in New York and the general mocking of their culture by mean liberals (which is sister-fucking and making meth in the back yard, as far as I can figure out.) There was a Vice article talking about how Trump won because we’re big, elitist meanies to the flyover states and even Bill Maher has said something similar. Everyone wants protection from being made fun of now, I guess.

      • Jerry

        I think we can still laugh at ourselves, but it depends on context…such as those using racial stereotypes: It’s funny when Chris Rock does a black joke but not when a white supremacist does it. I laugh at gay stereotypes during a drag show, but not so much when it’s coming from the xtian right-wing.

  • PickyPecker
  • Frederick

    Also see: Chaplin, Charlie ‘The Great Dictator ‘

  • Ore Carmi

    Maybe it’s because I haven’t been directly affected by ISIS violence, but I was amused.

  • Dot Beech

    I can see PBS affiliates optioning this for viewing in all the US Red States.

  • MBear

    This white male colonialist (//hatever the current terms are against why I find this funny) in me found this funny. #Awkward

  • Andymac3

    This ‘twitter storm’ is a storm in a tea cup. it’s what the Daily Mail and all the day time news shows thrive on.

    The comedy clip was great, I really miss British humor over here almost as much as I miss dropping the letter ‘u’ from the word humour.

  • pj

    next episode….the housewives help out by duck taping a sassy gay guy to a chair.

  • Snarkaholic

    If you can mock something, you’re not scared of it!

  • Natty Enquirer

    Looks fantastic. If people aren’t pissed off, your satire isn’t working.

  • If people watched the whole show they would realise it takes the piss out of all politics, not just ISIS, but also the Labour Party, UKIP, and the Conservatives. It took a stab at the lack of resources in the NHS, also council houses that were being knocked down for property for the rich and so on. Some of the skits were part Candid Camera style too. It was very well done. Attacking injustices with humour is very effective way of memory retention of a bad situation. American politicians should be mocked more in this manner, for their ass-holery. If you are thinking of joining ISIS you are an ass-hole, if you try to evict poor people from their homes you are an ass-hole, if you are a conservative trying to turn health care into American version of it you are an ass-hole…and so on.

  • fuow

    Yup, make fun of something evil – it works about as well as anything else to end it.
    Of course the SJWs and the humour-challenged PC-Politessas are upset about this. A sense of humour is the one essential difference between gay activists and feminists – we have one, they all too frequently do not.

  • The sketch is clearly about the women who want to become Jihadi brides, not the ones who are forced. If the implication had been “What’s true for the dangerously unbalanced members of ISIS and their psycho groupies is true about all Muslims” I would have been offended. After watching it, I’m only offended because so many of the jokes felt a bit stale.

    • no religion lacks a “force virgin pre-teens into “sacred” marriages” sub-sects, my friend. they all do it.

  • June Gordon

    It was cute, but went for all the obvious jokes. That being said, I think it is important that NOTHING be sacred from mockery, especially religion.

    • Austin Bennett

      The Real Housewives make it easy to make fun of the brand. You could see any of the real housewives doing exactly this, because they’ve done it a million times.

  • Megrim Twist

    We need MORE satire, not less.

  • well, go on and hate me now. cause, i had no problem with it. it was a bit heavy handed, but the joke parts were funny, and like jokes that i make, if a bit less obviously.

    religion isn’t “special.” it’s OK to say, “believing in mythological beings is stupid.” you shouldn’t want to shoot me or fire me or kick me for saying that. if you do, YOU are the problem. Jeebus and the rest of them will come and spank me silly when they get mad enough with me. i’ll be over here, waiting for that to happen. meanwhile, all of us should be focused on our bills, kids, dogs, food, bridge game making a small slam, yoga… if the fairy beings need help, let them come and ask for it, or better still, pay for it.

  • Jmdintpa

    well i see we are starting off the new year right… offended !

  • karmanot

    For Allah’s sake, let the Burka Badies BE!

  • Earl

    I might sign up to watch tv again if it’s shown here. 🙂

    • beariac

      Don’t bother. Most of it is character-based British political in-jokes (if you follow that) and a bad Brüno rip-off in a weird commentary on social media

  • Acronym Jim

    Perhaps young women seeing this kind of satiric skewering will be less inclined to be groomed online.

    • Austin Bennett

      Exactly my thoughts.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Personally, I laughed; then again, I’m an adult who can discern comedic satire and not some wilting regressive left/far right snowflake. Seriously, the only people who should be offended are ISIS and that’s a good thing.

  • BobSF_94117

    There will ALWAYS be someone who will be “offended”.

    Mockery, even of serious problems, is part of discouraging them. Bring on the anti-ISIS comedy.

  • Austin Bennett

    I thought it was fucking brilliant. If you can’t laugh at the fucked up world, then you’re part of the problem.

  • JellyDonut

    It is a riot!! Why would anyone be all butt-hurt !!

  • Paige Turner™

    That was fucking hilarious.

    “He bought me a new chain. Its 8 feet long. I can almost get outside”


    English humour has been getting darker and darker for years

  • JCF

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

  • Gianni

    Really funny! ISIS deserves the ridicule. 😀