The UK’s BBC has come under fire from viewers after airing a comedy skit titled ‘Real Housewives of ISIS’ that featured women in hijabs modelling suicide vests and celebrating beheadings.
The skit was part of Revolting, a new sketch comedy show from the team behind the BAFTA-winning satire The Revolution Will Be Televised, which aired on the publicly-funded BBC2.
“It’s only three days till the beheading, and I’ve got no idea what I’m going to wear,” one character in the skit – a spoof of the never-ending Real Housewives series, which recently stretched to Melbourne and Sydney – says, while her friends Instagram photos of fashionable suicide vests using the hashtags “Death To The West” and “ISIS emojis”.
Another scene depicts a woman chained to a kitchen stove by her husband.
A clip posted to BBC2’s Facebook yesterday sparked over 50,000 comments, with many viewers labelling the skit as “insensitive” and “bad taste”, and questioning the BBC’s judgement.
“Not funny at all. With everything going on in the world, I’m sure those who have been affected by ISIS or the relatives of those killed in terrorist attacks won’t be laughing,” one commenter wrote.
“You are utterly abhorrent BBC. You are truly sick in the head and morally bankrupt,” added another.
Others debated whether the satirical intent of the show’s writers might’ve missed its mark.
“I enjoy decent satire like Four Lions, but this is a poor effort,” another commenter wrote. “Not only does it mock the very real…