Iraq’s New Reality TV Show: There’s a Bomb in Your Car!
September 4, 2010
(ChattahBox World News)– Perhaps, there’s no better testament to the fact that Iraq is emerging from a war-torn hell hole into something more resembling a free Democratic society, complete with low brow entertainment, than al-Baghdadia TV’s new twisted reality show, named “Put Him in Bucca.” The premise of the macabre version of Punk’d hides fake bombs in celebrities’ cars and takes them through a military checkpoint, with the soldiers in on the charade. The terrified celebs are then accused of being members of al-Qaeda, and are threatened with imprisonment and execution in the now-closed American operated Camp Bucca. Hahah, hilarious!
It’s not surprising that residents of a country that has only known war and sectarian violence for years, would have a grim sense of humor. But not everyone appreciates jokes about bombs and terrorists, when so many lives have been lost.
And al-Baghdadia TV is also receiving criticism for airing “Put Him in Bucca” during the holy fasting month of Ramadan.
The show has been aired daily to mixed reviews.
The unwitting celebrities are then secretly filmed, Candid-Camera-style, as they reacted with shock, disbelief and anger as fake checkpoint guards shout abuse at them: “Why do you want to blow us up?” “You are a terrorist.” “How much did they pay you to do it? You will be executed.”
The celebrities protest that they know nothing about the supposed bomb, that they are innocent and honorable Iraqi citizens, only to be told, “We have caught you red-handed, with the bomb in your car.”
Despite the criticism, Ali al-Khalidi, the show’s host, defended “Put Him in Bucca,” as harmless entertainment. And the show’s producers even obtained permission from Baghdad Operations Command to film the checkpoint stings.
When you can’t cry, laugh.