Satire, when done right, should ruffle some feathers and make people feel uncomfortable. And a recent sketch by the BBC has done just that. Titled "Real Housewives of ISIS" it comes from a new TV show called Revolted and the title of the skit alone should give you some indication as to what it's about.
It features mock brides of ISIS as they act like the air-head women from the "Real Housewives of..." reality shows. So it shows them taking selfies, dressing up, and talking about their day-to-day lives.
But these being brides of terrorists that talk centers on how they have nothing to wear to the latest beheading, or showing off their latest suicide belt, bemoaning the rate they get through jihadi husbands, and literally being chained to the kitchen.
Naturally people of a very delicate sensibility were outraged, because people get outraged quick these days. Not only that but they're far more willing and eager to express their outrage over a comedy show on Twitter and social media than they are about the actual atrocities being committed by ISIS in Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere.
The show's writers, Heydon Prowse and Jolyon Rubinstein, have also defended the skit, telling I News. “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,” said Prowse. While Rubinstein followed with, “The target is online grooming. 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 [in the UK].” Have a watch above and make up your own mind.
Here's a little flavor of that indignation.
Fortunately not everyone felt that way.