Meet the Real Housewives of ISIS… 2 million views overnight and counting
The new BBC sketch is so hilarious that people cannot stop watching the lead-up to the show. Some believe that viewers will be shocked to see a comedy sketch that mocks female ISIS suicide bombers.
The one-liners are hysterical: “It’s three days to the beheading and I’ve no idea what to wear.” Another involves a woman wearing a suicide vest who asks her friends, “What do you think? Ahmed surprised me with it yesterday.”
The show depicts Western women who are groomed online by extremists then leave their homes for a new, “rewarding” life.
The sketch is based on The Real Housewives of Orange County, which was made popular, of course, in America. It is to be a six-part program, written by writers Heydon Prowse and Jolyon Rubinstein.
The first episode, which introduces the characters, will also deal with other topics, such as traditional Muslim headgear, abortion law, drones, and more. In one seen, one wife struggles as she tries to navigate her kitchen. She says, “Ali bought me a new chain which is 8 feet long. So I can almost get outside, which is great.”
The show is clearly controversial and it is difficult to predict what may happen with it on the world television market.
Heydon Prowse, one of the writers, said that the BBC cleared the sketch for production without suggesting any cuts.
He said: “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.”
His co-writer, who also stars in the programme, said the target of the jokes is “online grooming”, not ISIS.
Jolyon said: “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.”
I will tune in. Will you?