Meet the Real Housewives of ISIS
Saturday, 14 January 2017

The wives of Islamic State fighters ponder what to wear at a beheading and assess how sexy they look in suicide vests in a BBC satire which Reuters reports has sparked both anger and praise for tackling the fate of women who travel to Syria to join the militants.

In a clip from the BBC's "Revolting" TV comedy show, entitled "Real Housewives of ISIS" parodying the successful reality TV franchise which began in 2006 with "The Real Housewives of Orange County", one "wife" of a militant fighter in Syria says:

"It's only three days to the beheading and I've got no idea what to wear."

"This is my sixth marriage - I have been widowed five times," another woman says with a sigh before an explosion which prompts her to say: "Six times." 

The women, dressed in hijabs and speaking with clear English accents, also compare their looks in suicide vests while posting the pictures online but then argue over the fact that their attire clashes as two have the same suicide vest.

"You're gonna need a lot of Semtex to kill that one," one says. While another scrubs the floor, she says: "Didn't have to do this in [the English city of] Birmingham." 

In one scene in the BBC satire, a woman parades a chain that ties her to a cooker: "Ali's brought me a new chain which is eight foot long so I can almost get outside, which is great."

As Reuters reports, the short clip elicited millions of views on social media and sparked a debate about whether such satire was appropriate given the deadly seriousness of ISIS.

"Bad taste, not funny at all," posted Anna Butcher, who said that victims of ISIS and their families would not laugh at such films. "Sorry why laugh at the thought of woman showing off explosive jackets etc, is sick sorry."

Others defended satire as a way to tackle grave issues.

"This is fantastic...people bang on about politically incorrect humor...this is brave & funny & about time we poked fun at these morons! Even muslims will love this," Timmy Poncho said on Facebook.


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