Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Role Reversal Saudi Comedy Provokes Anger among Male Population

All is not lost in Saudi Arabia.

Telegraph--By Richard Spencer

A role reversal comedy shown on Saudi television in which a woman marries four husbands has hit the very nerve it satirised - male pride and double standards.

The comedy was an episode in Saudi Arabia’s most celebrated satirical series, Tash Ma Tash or No Big Deal, a take-off of social prejudices shown annually during the holy month of Ramadan.

The central character takes four husbands, explaining herself using the conventional arguments Saudi men use to exercise their legal and religious privilege of marrying four times.

When she remarries for the first time she complains that her existing husband has stopped caring about his looks after five years, and is preoccupied with work.

The next marriage is for a dare with friends, and the fourth marriage, to a Syrian, she explains by saying that she is now bored with Saudi men.

Then she decides she wants to marry for a fifth time, making the four husbands draw lots to see who will be divorced and plunging them into a morass of jealousy.

Conservative imams, currently on the defensive as King Abdullah attempts to modernise some social attitudes in the country, have been predictably hostile, while men on internet bulletin boards have attacked the series as promoting prostitution.

“What this does is hurt us,” said one imam, Sheikh Saad Al-Buraik. “In the name of comedy, they make fun of our religion and beliefs.” There are regular calls to ban Tash Ma Tash, but it is said to be one of King Abdullah’s favourite programmes. Last week, an episode also provoked controversy, portraying two men who visit the brother of their dead mother, a foreign-born Arab, only to discover he is a Christian priest.

The shock lies in discovering that despite his religion, they come to respect him for his honesty and generosity.

Shame on them! Everyone knows that Christians are the "worst of creatures."

Qur'an 98:6--Verily, those who disbelieve (in the religion of Islam, the Qur'an and Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him)) from among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) and Al-Mushrikun will abide in the Fire of Hell. They are the worst of creatures.


Tizita said...

Saudis need to laugh more, im serious. No, Muslims in general need to laugh more.

Even the Bible has a sense of humor. i.e. When Jesus was washing the disciples feet.

It was dinner time and Jesus was washing the feet of the disciples. None of them objected, until Jesus reached Peter.

Peter asks Jesus "Lord are you going to wash my feet?" LOL

After refusing to have his feet washed by Jesus, Jesus finally says to Peter "Unless I wash you, you have no part with me."

Then Peter says "Lord not just my feet but my HANDS & HEAD as well."

This cracks me upppppp! I can totally see Peters face going, "well in that case then, here wash my entire body, Lord." O, Peter im so going to give him a big hug when i get to heaven!

Pat said...

Here's how one muslim put it, while he was arguing with other muslims that were friendly to unbelievers on Facebook:

"saddam,bin ladin and the taliban are better than any disbeliever"

mkvine said...

Hmm, is that why they don't answer my question about women getting 72 men in paradise? Very interesting.

Christie said...

So--not so fun when the shoe is on the other foot even in satire. Maybe now the men will get the smallest taste of what women and the west in general feel when we see them taking multiple wives.

Anonymous said...

They need to get over it. The show sounds funny!