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(BusinessWeek)   Islam's version of "family friendly": An all-male soap opera will debut in Egypt during Ramadan as an alternative to the dirty shows that anger God by showing women and men together   (businessweek.com) divider line 50
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2013-06-12 08:11:44 AM
A "family-friendly" soap opera like Christian rock, diet soda, conservative comedy, or fat-free mayonnaise.

If it needs a qualifier, then you're admitting it's inferior.
 
2013-06-12 08:12:34 AM
That sounds gay... bunch of guys making out and having dirty sex like all the other Soaps, right?
 
2013-06-12 08:13:08 AM

FullMetalPanda: That sounds gay... bunch of guys making out and having dirty sex like all the other Soaps, right?

 
2013-06-12 08:14:28 AM
What an "all male" show might look like.

i.imgur.com
 
2013-06-12 08:16:32 AM
The series revolves around a group of men sitting at a street cafe and discussing social, political and economic issues

how exciting
 
2013-06-12 08:17:59 AM
That's super.
 
2013-06-12 08:20:40 AM
The series revolves around a group of men sitting at a street cafe and discussing social, political and economic issues

So kind of like the Maclaughlin Group except set outdoors and without the shrill harpies.
 
2013-06-12 08:24:11 AM
Sounds fabulous.
 
2013-06-12 08:25:49 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: The series revolves around a group of men sitting at a street cafe and discussing social, political and economic issues

So kind of like the Maclaughlin Group except set outdoors and without the shrill harpies.


Or Seinfeld without the women and comedy.
 
2013-06-12 08:27:04 AM
I've got an all-male show for them:

i53.tinypic.com
 
2013-06-12 08:28:14 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: The series revolves around a group of men sitting at a street cafe and discussing social, political and economic issues

So kind of like the Maclaughlin Group except set outdoors and without the shrill harpies.


WRONG!  PATTY PATTY BUKE BUKE!
 
2013-06-12 08:28:24 AM
I wonder how much Jew bashing they'll do on this program.
 
2013-06-12 08:30:53 AM
Café goer 1: Geez, it sure is hot today.... (As he wipes his sweaty brow)
Café goer 2: Yes, just as Allah commands (Reaching for a knife)
Café goer 1: Right!, right, praise Allah, Allah is great! (Bowing vigorously to his partner)

Forced laughter from audience

end scene
 
2013-06-12 08:32:45 AM
The season two cliff-hanger will be one of them revealing they're a woman - ratings will soar.
 
2013-06-12 08:35:00 AM
...It will make its premiere on the LOGO network.
 
2013-06-12 08:36:06 AM

Callous: AverageAmericanGuy: The series revolves around a group of men sitting at a street cafe and discussing social, political and economic issues

So kind of like the Maclaughlin Group except set outdoors and without the shrill harpies.

Or Seinfeld without the women and comedy.


Seinfeld had comedy?
 
2013-06-12 08:41:39 AM
Imam in the Family?
 
2013-06-12 08:44:53 AM

Sock Ruh Tease: The series revolves around a group of men sitting at a street cafe and discussing social, political and economic issues

how exciting


So it's like a male Islamic version of the View?
 
2013-06-12 08:53:23 AM
Something like this
www.newsnet14.com
 
2013-06-12 08:53:46 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: So kind of like the Maclaughlin Group except set outdoors and without the shrill harpies.


So. . . . an improvement?

I think that the law of unintended consequences might come down hard on this one.  I can barely wait!
 
2013-06-12 08:53:48 AM
Oh, so they're going to show wrestling?
 
2013-06-12 08:55:02 AM
Hi Islam, the Dark Ages called and asked if you'd mind turning it down a notch or two as you're giving them a bad name.
 
2013-06-12 08:58:44 AM
Too Many Dicks on the Mosque Floor
 
2013-06-12 09:05:22 AM
Twelve and a Half Men.
Big Car Bomb Theory.
Medieval Family.
Kill Seinfeld: he's a Jew.
Fresh Prince of Riyadh.
Desert People.
 
2013-06-12 09:26:33 AM
The link is farked (I'm on the mobile site). Anyone have a link so I can lol?
 
2013-06-12 09:35:41 AM

rcf1105: Oh, so they're going to show wrestling?


Nah.  They hate gay stuff over there.
 
2013-06-12 09:37:18 AM

megarian: The link is farked (I'm on the mobile site). Anyone have a link so I can lol?


Here is all you need to know:

"We're making art and drama without angering God or violating Islamic rules," Director El-Araby said.

the script is intended to introduce art that avoids the mixing of men and women which is discouraged by Islam. "It's like going to the gym, it's not ok for women to go and mix with half-naked men," he said.

"The media should target all sections of society and we believe there's a market and a room for growth for art that has an Islamic color," El-Araby said. "I find it embarrassing when I'm sitting next to my wife, watching TV with all the obscene scenes and improper language used. It's time to have a cleaner version of art."


Feminine itch.  It's not just a woman problem any more.
 
2013-06-12 09:43:43 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: The series revolves around a group of men sitting at a street cafe and discussing social, political and economic issues

So kind of like the Maclaughlin Group except set outdoors and without the shrill harpies.


Eleanor Clift is a woman?
 
2013-06-12 09:54:32 AM
This shiat pisses me off...and it is too early for that!!!   Dammit, not even my first cup of coffee and I'm already fuming over religion AGAIN.

I'm starting to feel bad for the women of Egypt.
 
2013-06-12 10:00:41 AM

raerae1980: This shiat pisses me off...and it is too early for that!!!   Dammit, not even my first cup of coffee and I'm already fuming over religion AGAIN.

I'm starting to feel bad for the women of Egypt.


Really, and then you have other Farkers who pretend outrage over how the women are treated and then add, "we should turn the Middle East int a parking lot".
 
2013-06-12 10:13:02 AM

Billy Bathsalt: Twelve and a Half Men.


LOL you were almost there it should be

12 and 1/2 Imam
 
2013-06-12 10:22:44 AM

Latinwolf: "we should turn the Middle East int a parking lot".


I wouldn't go that far...there are some AMAZING archaeological sites that I would be very sad to see destroyed.
 
2013-06-12 10:31:59 AM

Zeb Hesselgresser: megarian: The link is farked (I'm on the mobile site). Anyone have a link so I can lol?

Here is all you need to know:

"We're making art and drama without angering God or violating Islamic rules," Director El-Araby said.

the script is intended to introduce art that avoids the mixing of men and women which is discouraged by Islam. "It's like going to the gym, it's not ok for women to go and mix with half-naked men," he said.

"The media should target all sections of society and we believe there's a market and a room for growth for art that has an Islamic color," El-Araby said. "I find it embarrassing when I'm sitting next to my wife, watching TV with all the obscene scenes and improper language used. It's time to have a cleaner version of art."

Feminine itch.  It's not just a woman problem any more.


Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this little slice of awesome.
 
2013-06-12 10:37:52 AM

raerae1980: Latinwolf: "we should turn the Middle East into a parking lot".

I wouldn't go that far...there are some AMAZING archaeological sites that I would be very sad to see destroyed.


That's why I added the term "other" so you'd know I didn't mean you, but there are Farkers who think that way.
 
2013-06-12 11:04:04 AM
Remember all the farkers that supported the take-over by islamists and said those of us that predicted women being stomped were being "rayyyyycist"
 
2013-06-12 11:22:17 AM
So they're showing WWE without the Divas?

wallnen.com
 
2013-06-12 11:26:25 AM
yeah, another Wil Wheaton sausage fest....
 
2013-06-12 12:35:12 PM
From The Economist, a Pew Research poll:

media.economist.com

And you thought leaving Scientology was hard, yikes.
But it explains Egypt.
 
2013-06-12 12:35:50 PM
I actually watched an Egyptian soap opera once while bored in a hotel room in Heliopolis back in the late 80's... I don't speak more than 3-4 words of arabic, but it had all the trappings of a western soap. Pretty people, intrigue, betrayal, romance, etc. You could pretty much follow along by context. All the exterior shots were of some mansion in Europe.

The weird part? Every now and again this one woman would break out with that ululation thing. That was the part I couldn't figure out... What was that for?

Also, Egyptian weather reports are the most boring things ever.
 
2013-06-12 01:21:14 PM

maxheck: Also, Egyptian weather reports are the most boring things ever.


"It will be hot and sunny for the next hundred years, praise Allah. And now over to Habib for sports!"
 
2013-06-12 02:23:01 PM

maxheck: I actually watched an Egyptian soap opera once while bored in a hotel room in Heliopolis back in the late 80's... I don't speak more than 3-4 words of arabic, but it had all the trappings of a western soap. Pretty people, intrigue, betrayal, romance, etc. You could pretty much follow along by context. All the exterior shots were of some mansion in Europe.

The weird part? Every now and again this one woman would break out with that ululation thing. That was the part I couldn't figure out... What was that for?

Also, Egyptian weather reports are the most boring things ever.


Not a Middle East expert, but I believe the ululation is reserved for happy occasions (weddings etc).

/had to dig way back in the memory bank for that one
 
2013-06-12 03:06:03 PM
sovietski:

maxheck: I actually watched an Egyptian soap opera once while bored in a hotel room in Heliopolis back in the late 80's... I don't speak more than 3-4 words of arabic, but it had all the trappings of a western soap. Pretty people, intrigue, betrayal, romance, etc. You could pretty much follow along by context. All the exterior shots were of some mansion in Europe.

The weird part? Every now and again this one woman would break out with that ululation thing. That was the part I couldn't figure out... What was that for?

Also, Egyptian weather reports are the most boring things ever.

Not a Middle East expert, but I believe the ululation is reserved for happy occasions (weddings etc).

/had to dig way back in the memory bank for that one


That's my understanding as well, I guess what I was trying to convey was that it never seemed to correspond to anything going on in the show. It was kind of like when someone innocently utters the "word of the day" on Pee-Wee's Playhouse and everyone goes nuts.
 
2013-06-12 03:12:41 PM
I guess it's better than their rabid anti-semitic holiday TV shows.
 
2013-06-12 04:56:27 PM

maxheck: sovietski:

maxheck: I actually watched an Egyptian soap opera once while bored in a hotel room in Heliopolis back in the late 80's... I don't speak more than 3-4 words of arabic, but it had all the trappings of a western soap. Pretty people, intrigue, betrayal, romance, etc. You could pretty much follow along by context. All the exterior shots were of some mansion in Europe.

The weird part? Every now and again this one woman would break out with that ululation thing. That was the part I couldn't figure out... What was that for?

Also, Egyptian weather reports are the most boring things ever.

Not a Middle East expert, but I believe the ululation is reserved for happy occasions (weddings etc).

/had to dig way back in the memory bank for that one

That's my understanding as well, I guess what I was trying to convey was that it never seemed to correspond to anything going on in the show. It was kind of like when someone innocently utters the "word of the day" on Pee-Wee's Playhouse and everyone goes nuts.


Lol!!

I would like to see an Egyptian soap opera, even though I speak no Arabic. I'm sure you don't need it to understand the "plot."

/just like telenovellas
//see also: American soap operas
 
2013-06-12 05:10:26 PM
"So Achmed, kill any infidels today?"
"No Habib, slow day today, only beat my daughter for acting like a slut with her hem over her ankles"
"That biatch brings dishonor to you. Allah willing she'll be raped and her lesson will sink in."
"Too true Habib. May glorious his blessings be leveled upon her."
"Say, Achmed, remember how my brother died in that raid last week? Well it turns out he was just in a coma and when he woke up he thought he was a Christian..."
 
2013-06-12 06:01:43 PM
And they wonder why there's so much homosexuality in Muslim countries. You grow up in a culture that discourages you from ever socializing with women and tells you that women are just slightly below goats on the worthy creature index scale you're going to get a lot of guys putting their dicks in other guys not because they're necessarily attracted to them but more so that there is no other viable alternative. It's sort of like prison but on a national scale.
 
2013-06-12 06:21:17 PM

Sock Ruh Tease: The series revolves around a group of men sitting at a street cafe and discussing social, political and economic issues

how exciting


It COULD be worth watching, if the dialog were sufficiently well-written.  I mean, it's not all that different from a summation of the American television show "Cheers," and that lasted 11 seasons.

I'm assuming that just because it "revolves around" men at a café, not every single scene is shot at the same café.
 
2013-06-12 07:29:12 PM
This is how Islamic yaoi will get started.
 
2013-06-13 12:25:16 AM

Wolf892: Café goer 1: Geez, it sure is hot today.... (As he wipes his sweaty brow)
Café goer 2: Yes, just as Allah commands (Reaching for a knife)
Café goer 1: Right!, right, praise Allah, Allah is great! (Bowing vigorously to his partner)

Forced laughter from audience

end scene


This show writes itself!
 
2013-06-13 03:17:58 AM
But it's no gay.  And the breakout character will be the 11yo with a firm ass in skinny jeans.  But it's not gay.
 
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