Saturday, April 21, 2012

Sexin' Islamic Girls

*Straying away from the desi’s for a second*

This morning, my husband showed me a video on Youtube. With a name like ‘Sexin’ Islamic Girls’ of course I was intrigued….and I’m always in favour of tongue-in-cheek humour that comments on the cancer that is religious extremism.



But that definitely wasn’t the case when came to this song…sure, in the description they’re ridiculing Nigerian Jihadist terrorist group Boko Haram;

Everyday when the Boko Haram go off on various missions, the FOKN Bois keep their wiveses, sisters and daughters company

But how offensive is it that they’re using the wives (or wiveses, as they say) sisters and daughters to hit ‘em where it hurts? The women related to these terrorist assholes probably don’t have much say in their activities. Objectifying them and portraying them in this manner is more than a little unjust – especially because they are a ‘Christian Rap Duo’. It’d be another thing if they were liberal muslims, making fun of the extremists stemming from their own culture… but they are quite far removed. And coming at them from a Christian perspective, just reeks of ‘otherness’.

For black people it is ok within themselves to use the ‘n’ word… for gay people its fine to use the ‘f’ word…. For Pakistani’s its ok if they use the term ‘Paki’ – those derogatory terms lose their negative connotations for the most part, when used within their own communities… taking back the ‘word’ and all that jazz.

Sure, some people disagree, but for me at least – the weight of the word depends on who says it. So;

a)They’re objectifying women to make fun of someone else

b)They’re doing it from the outside… which makes it a lot lot worse

c)They are using words from the Qura’an which is offensive to a lot of moderate, non-extremist muslims that don’t go around harming people.

Even the title rubbed me the wrong way (no pun intended). It seems so ‘othering’… as if ‘Islamic Girls’ are some kind of category very separate from ‘girls’.

Had they made fun of the terrorists directly, I might have enjoyed it…perhaps even laughed. But no… this video was not amusing.

I’d like to point out that I am very staunchly non-religious myself and still offended.

Admittedly, their images of women with their head covered devouring bananas, mirrors my own illustration from a couple of years ago.


But again, it all boils down to whether you’re poking fun from the inside or if you’re attacking from the outside. And even from within, some things shouldn’t be used for jokes…like prayer & scripture.

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on a lighter note, i went and made myself a Facebook account :) add me if you aren't too scandalized...

14 comments:

  1. WTF with your fb account. Its not opening with me anymore. it says the page cannot be displayed ! Maybe you banned me ?

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  2. Why say the ''N word'', the ''F word'' and then when it comes to Pakistanis you feel liberated to say Pakis?

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  3. hahaha! islam like most major religions is self-righteous yet the "islamic" girls have sex in haramic ways...they are just exposing that truth.

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  4. Perhaps, you should have found out a little more about the group before blogging about the video. They are NOT a Christian Rap Duo. If you did some reading, you would know this.
    And about that 'attacking from outside' thing, I'll leave you with my grandma's words
    "One does not need to lay an egg to tell if a egg's gone bad"

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    1. well myself, not being Ghanaian i hardly claim to have the inside story on these rappers. I'm only going by what google tells me. And if you search the name... "Christian Rap Duo" pops up everywhere. *shrug* even if they arent hardcore christians, my point still stands. They definitely aren't muslims, and are hence attacking from the outside.

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  5. sorry hun, you got everything wrong! it has nothing to do with Boko Haram...Haram means sin anyways...maybe you get the duo to explain it you(They have a facebook page and would be happy to explain things to you) before you put up a post like this one or find a Ghanaian who can break it down for you

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    1. I know what Haram means :) thanks. Also those aren't my words, those are the words in the description of their youtube video. All I did was copy/paste it. So clearly, i haven't got this wrong. Not saying the rappers have anything to do with boko haram, but saying that this song of theirs is mocking them. Which is understandable. But using their wives and sisters to do so is offensive. As is described in their own youtube video. Perhaps you should've looked at it before telling me i got everything wrong.

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  6. They are not a Christian Rap Duo. Haven't you heard Wanlov's song critiquing churches? Try and know what you're talking about next time you want to fill your posting quota.

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    1. well perhaps you can tell google to stop referring to them as a 'christian rap duo' so that non ghanaians, as in ppl who dont really care how they categorize themselves can make a point without being trolled by ppl who dwell on the wrong point entirely. The point is not whether they are hardcore christian or not. the point is, they are not muslim, and thus especially offensive when they mock prayers and scripture.

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  7. They are not a "christian rap duo" .. if u had done a little more research ..u would have discovered that their album has other songs including "Jesus is coming" which criticizes Christianity , and strong homosexual guys which targets homophobia!!!... i think u jumped to erroneous conclusions with this one

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    1. why are you all dwelling on the christian thing? even if they arent hardcore christians... doesnt make their song any less offensive to muslims. Surely you can see that?

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  8. I understand your perspective and why you might feel offended. I daresay however that you misunderstand due to a lack of context. Being Ghanaian, I know these musicians. They are just really smart, funny dudes who make fun of anything and everything, sometimes with an underlying, deeper critique of social problems and religious extremism. Think South Park. Getting offended by stuff they say is just setting yourself up to get trolled. They have no intention of being politically correct and make no apologies. They even make fun of themselves once in awhile. They aren't "a Christian rap" duo in the sense of the word either. It's satire, all of it. There are songs on this album satirizing pastors, Jesus and the church.

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    1. Thank you for the most intelligent comment on this post. Seems like you are one of the ones that actually read it, rather than just attack me for criticizing ur favourite rappers. Well since im not Ghanaian, i can understand that the lack of context probably does contribute to how offensive it is. Perhaps these gentlemen are intelligent witty ppl that make fun of everything. And usually I'm in favour of that. (my own illustration is testament to that)But I think using prayer calls and scripture is a bit much...especially considering they are non muslim. Christian rap duo or not, they are coming at the issue from the outside. If they are born christians, then its prolly more tolerable that they satirize the church and jesus... do you get what im saying? And even south park doesnt go this far. But i do see your point also. cheers! and hey if you're open to having a bit of a conversation, shoot me an email nicemangosDOTblogATgmailDOTcom cheers! :)

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  9. Mocking someones religion is never too good of an idea you want to mock lifestyles and other things I.e culture, dressings etc I'm into that heck ill laugh with you, but messing with someones prayers and scriptures is a bad idea as it offends them even they're not much of a believer themselves, I agree with the author that they attack from the outside! Anyways just a little thought! Cheers!

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