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'The Real Housewives Of ISIS' Has Really Pissed Off A Lot Of People

'The Real Housewives Of ISIS' Has Really Pissed Off A Lot Of People

BBC Two has been on the receiving end of a shitstorm of criticism after their new show, Revolting, aired on Tuesday.

The show's basic premise is that it's satirical humour with a variety of different scenarios, one of which is 'The Real Housewives of ISIS'.


Unsurprisingly, some people have taken issue with this part of the show.

Check out the full clip here...

The women featured, Afsana, Mel, Zaynab and Hadiya, are women who've travelled to Syria to join ISIS.

At one point, one of the women bursts into tears, saying that her husband "...won't stop talking about his 40 virgins."


In another scene, one of the wives addresses the camera, saying: "I've been widowed five times." Then a bomb can be heard going off above her so she adds "...six times."

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Another part that's really rattled people's cages is when one of the women comes in wearing a suicide jacket. Her friend exclaims: "Oh babe, you look gorgeous!" However, it then cuts to a side shot where she tells the camera: "She looked MASSIVE. You're gonna need a lot of Semtex to kill that one."

So, yeah, it's really encouraged a lot of healthy debate over whether or not this is 'okay' to joke about.

After BBC Two shared the teaser on its Facebook page, it was inundated with comments. Nearly 70,000 at the time of writing. However, it has 100k likes and has been shared over 275,000 times.

Not since Brexit has the UK been so divided.

Nicola Brown wrote: "Satire is the best weapon against Isis. They thrive off war, hatred and division. Laughter and ridicule is far more threatening to them. I don't think this is any way aimed at Syria - it's aimed at reducing ISIS to what they really are - pathetic."

However, Abdulsalaam Blain's opinion was wildly different: "I always thought the target of satire was the rich and powerful. Going after one of the most marginalised groups in society - Muslim women - what were the makers thinking? I think these kinds of sketches, rather than being seen as poking fun at ISIS, will actually be understood by many viewers as making fun of 'stupid Muslim women' and will just add to an already hostile atmosphere against Muslims in the UK..."

What do you all think? Let us know in the poll.

Revolting is on BBC 2 on Tuesdays at 10pm.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: BBC Two, ISIS

Mel Ramsay

Mel Ramsay has been a Senior Journalist for Tyla and LADbible since 2015. She started her career writing obituaries and funeral guides online. Since then, her work has been published in a wide variety of national and local news sites. She is part of the BBC's Generation project and has spoken about young people, politics and mental health on television, radio and online. Contact her - [email protected]