New Real Housewives Spoof Gets Controversial Fast

BBC sketch comedy show satirizes an all-too-real terror group
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2017 12:33 PM CST

The new BBC sketch comedy show Revolting didn't wait long before jumping into controversy: Its very first episode featured a Real Housewives of ISIS skit, Rolling Stone reports. It's exactly what you'd expect—a spoof of Bravo's Real Housewives franchise in which the wives of ISIS fighters complain about not having a thing to wear to a beheading, show off their fancy new suicide vests, and rejoice in the fact that the new chain their husband bought to tie them up with is almost long enough to allow them outside. It's proving unsurprisingly controversial. Many commenters on social media complained that the sketch made light of the very real issue of young girls being groomed online and turned into jihadi brides, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Per one commenter: The sketch has "all the fun of an off-base Amy Schumer skit with the same lack of awareness of anything other than itself" and is "only funny if you look down on someone else and enjoy seeing them unhappy because they are not white and Christian." But the show's creators tell the i newspaper that's the exact issue they're trying to highlight. "The target is online grooming. It’s about people who are vulnerable to these kind of approaches," says Jolyon Rubinstein. Adds Heydon Prowse, "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 [on a previous show] and not go after Islamic State." (More ISIS stories.)

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