There’s been news about ISIS being crippled after a successful airstrike by the United States against a compound apparently containing one of it’s main leaders, but there are other ways now that the people in the Middle East are battling the terror.
A show called Dawlat al-Khurafa is becoming a popular TV hit in Iraq, with the show now getting a $600,000 budget, which is crazy expensive for any TV show there. The show involves ISIS taking over a small fictional village and the silly antics that follow. The first episode aired recently is already a hit with over 750,000 views on YouTube. It’ll be interesting to see where this leads, and if the Islamic State will respond with laughter… or violence.
Lebanon is also joining the fun, creating it’s own sketch comedy series called Ktir Salbe.
Critics describe one of the skits, where a jihadist gets into a Middle Eastern cab. The jihadist asks the cab driver to turn off the radio because he rejects modern technology. Likewise, he rejects the air conditioning and he makes fun of the driver for answering his cell phone. The skit ends when the driver asks if cabs existed in the ancient Middle East. When the jihadist says “no,” the driver kicks him out tells him wait for a camel.
I think we can all appreciate this kind of media. As Americans, we are exposed to comedy making light of the war and terrorism all the time. Government propaganda? Oh, absolutely. But it works!
I can only hope the best to the people in Iraq as shows like these take off and fill homes with laughter. It’s one of the key things people over there need right now.