You’ve probably seen it on the internet: the comedy sketch that plays off the reality TV show “Real Housewives” and applies it to the Islamic State.
The Real Housewives of ISIS comedy sketch on BBC2’s new show Revolting has split the internet in half between people who think the sketch is Islamophobic and others who think it’s a good laugh.
Activists like Hassan Shibly, a civil rights attorney, were disgusted and extremely uncomfortable.
“The image of Muslim women is not an object or a tool to be used for political messaging,” Shibly explained to Red Alert. “Stereotypes about Muslim women should not be reinforced to make a point no matter how valid the point may be.”
Shibly thinks the sketch is particularly Islamophobic because not only is it being shared by YouTube accounts that he claims are Islamophobic, but also the sketch further marginalizes Muslim women.
However, Shibly conceded despite his concerns, “It is important to satirize terrorist organizations regardless of the religious affiliation, and expose and delegitimize them.”
Meanwhile, Khuram Zaman, CEO of the digital agency Fifth Tribe in Washington, DC, sees the bigger picture and the message the edgy Real Housewives of ISIS sketch was trying to send.
“It’s a hilarious video, and very well done,” Zaman told Red Alert. “Most are corny, but this was well done. Other videos that tried to use a satire were in poor taste. The State Department produced the video ‘Think Again, Turn Away.’ It was horrible.”
Through his company, Zaman hosted a hack-a-thon in which they created a tool to scrape pro-ISIS tweets on Twitter. Speaking to Red Alert, Zaman noted that while he understands how activists find Real Housewives of ISIS offensive, it’s a necessary video. “These guys [ISIS] are using propaganda, and this is a good countermeasure against ISIS. I don’t know if people are watching and changing their mind, but it forces the conversation to the Muslim community that young women are joining ISIS. There’s something we have to do about that.”
Many questions surround the incoming Trump administration about how they will engage terrorist organizations like ISIS. The President-elect has been criticized endlessly by liberals and Hollywood celebrities (i.e. Meryl Streep) for his rhetoric and proposed treatment of minority groups, like Muslims.
However, the irony is completely lost on liberal Hollywood, who have portrayed Muslims as terrorists and made millions off of it for years.
So, anytime a liberal tells you that Donald Trump and his administration are Islamophobic, just mention 24, The Night Of, Homeland, Syriana, and Quantico as entertainment created and promoted by liberals who have reinforced negative stereotypes about Muslims.
Watch the full sketch of The Real Housewives of ISIS on Revolting on BBC2 below: