*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...