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Watch: BBC's 'Real Housewives of ISIS' ridicules western born Jihadi brides (and shocks many)

"It's only three days to the beheading, and I've no idea what I'm going to wear."

The British are known for their biting satire and outrageous comedy. They poke fun at stereotypes, add dark humour to their comments, and are irreverent about any and everything .

But even by those standards, BBC’s comedy sketch Real Housewives of ISIS has sent shock waves across communities. The show ridicules ISIS’s online recruitment of women through a parody version of the American reality show The Real Housewives.

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The clip shows British women in hijab talking about how they were lured to Syria by Islamic State. A character named Hadiya explains her exciting journey: “I’m so glad I moved over here. It’s everything those guys in the chat rooms told me it would be.” The scene then cuts to her scrubbing the floor.

The show intends to highlight the stories of women who have gone to Syria and have been reportedly turned into hostages for ransom, sex slaves or suicide bombers by ISIS.

The wives, eager to impress their militant husbands, behave and talk like the wives in the American show. They even compete with one another for the best outfit – semtex-laden jackets, for instance – and then pose for Instagram using hashtags such as “Jihadi Jane, Death to the West and ISIS emojis”.

The video clip released on Facebook page of BBC Two has received mixed reactions – some have applauded the exposure of “stupidity” while others say that it is insensitive to the plight of women caught in the crossfire in Syria.

As for the American reality show, this is not the first time that it has been made fun of. Here’s a parody version of Disney housewives by Saturday Night Live.

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These GIFs show you what it means to miss breakfast

That monstrous roar is your empty stomach.

Let’s take a glance at your every day morning routine. You crawl out of bed, go for a quick shower, pull out and wear your neatly ironed clothes at the speed of light and then rush out of the house, making sure you have your keys and wallet in place.

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You walk into office, relieved because you have made it to work on time. Stifling yawns and checking emails, you wonder how your colleagues are charged up and buzzing with energy. “What is wrong with these people” you mumble to yourself.

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Slowly, you start to change. You start snapping at colleagues and start arguing with your computer. You take out your frustration on anything or anyone in sight.

To add to the aggressive behaviour, you’ve completely lost your focus. After some time, you simply forget what you were doing.

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Unable to bear the hunger pangs, you go for a mid-morning snack. It is only when a colleague asks you for a bite do you realize that you have developed into a fully formed, hunger fueled, monster. Try not to look at yourself in the mirror.

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If only you had spared not even twenty or ten but just 5 minutes in the morning and not skipped breakfast, your story would look completely different - as you will see in this video.

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The fast dip in your mood and lack of focus is because your body has missed its most important meal of the day – breakfast. Research has shown that skipping a meal, especially in the morning, worsens the mood because there is a drop in the blood sugar. This in turn affects the levels of serotonin and dopamine, the chemicals produced in the brain that control our moods and feelings. In simpler English, not having breakfast is going to make you really cranky and confused!

Morning is also when the body needs maximum nutrition to function efficiently through the day as you’ve just woken up from a full 7 hours of no food (and if you’re sleeping less than that, that’s a whole other article).

So in short, having a breakfast could make you go from looking like the earlier GIFs to this:

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