Umm…OK. The Iraqi sense of humor appears to be an acquired taste. The Washington Post explains:
A new 30-part satirical series, “State of Myths,” which started airing on Iraqi state television Saturday, aims to expose the true nature of the Islamic State extremist organization — through slapstick and puns. …
[M]aking light of the group notorious for beheadings and massacres brings serious risks. Some of the cast members have not allowed their names to appear on the show’s credits, while the scriptwriter has insisted on remaining anonymous.
The comedy also shows something else: the jaundiced view that many Iraqis have of the countries that are coming to their government’s defense against the militants. The original trailer for the series played into widely held conspiracy theories alleging that the United States, Qatar and Israel were responsible for the rise of the Islamic State.
In case you missed that last allusion, here it is again.
In the opening sequence of the trailer, an American cowboy swigging from a hip flask welcomed guests to a desert wedding party. The groom was the devil, the bride Israel. Their child: Baghdadi, the Islamic State leader, who hatched from an egg.
From the streets of Baghdad to its halls of power, there’s little escaping the theory that the United States along with Sunni Arab nations such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia created and supported the Islamic State.
Pop-up captions keep you abreast of the action in the trailer below.