A BBC skit poking fun at women who have fled Britain to marry into the Islamic State group has come under fire for being “distasteful”.
The mock-reality show, titled ‘The Real Housewives of ISIS’, is rife with controversial jokes about suicide vests and beheadings while mocking the vanity of reality stars in US show The Real Housewives of Orange County.
It forms part of political satire programme Revolting, which premiered on BBC Two on Tuesday night.
Viewers have accused the public service broadcaster of Islamaphobia as one scene features a hijab-wearing woman who says to the camera: “It’s only three days to the beheading and I’ve got nothing to wear.”
In another, a jihadi bride is “filmed for Instagram” trying on a suicide vest and asks her friends: “What do you think? Ahmed surprised me yesterday.”
Moments later a fourth woman enters the room wearing the same explosive jacket and says: “What a complete b****. She knew I had that jacket.”
The satirical sketch has fallen flat with some angry viewers though, who called on the BBC to “do some explaining”.
One annoyed social media user wrote: “The Real Housewives of ISIS is one of the most distasteful things I’ve seen, really BBC how you find it acceptable is beyond me.”
Another tweeted: “The Real Housewives of ISIS, the BBC are goading the bear. This won’t end well.”
One user went as far to say as she had unfollowed and deleted all BBC apps after finding the skit “not funny” and “pretty disgusting”.
But not everybody was offended by the clip.
One woman chipped in: “I’m Muslim and the Real Housewives of ISIS on BBC is hilarious!”
A futher person tweeted: “Ha ha it’s brilliant!”
The show’s creators, Sussex University friends Jolyon Rubinstein and Heydon Prowse, have also jumped to defend the series.
The pair claimed it was important satire does not shy away from controversial subjects, with Revolting also making jibes at UKIP, Jeremy Corbyn, the NHS crisis and large corporations not paying tax.
Prowse said: “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.”