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Danish Sitcom Stars Bumbling Terrorists Plotting an Attack


The Danes will soon confront terrorism in their front rooms. A new sitcom, The Terror Cell, follows the lives of terrorists conspiring in Denmark. The main characters include:

  • Osama: a businessman who sees terrorism as a money maker
  • Abdul: a convert to Islam who acts as if he can't kill enough people
  • Ali: a Pakistani who won a competition for the honor of avenging the Danish cartoons degrading the Prophet Muhammad

Living in a rundown Copenhagen apartment, these terrorists escape detection because their closest neighbor, an elderly woman, believes World War II has not ended and the men are hiding from the Germans. While pretending to be integrated Muslims, the members of the cell plan an attack in Denmark. Each episodes ends with the incompetent terrorists blowing themselves up, only to be returned to earth by Allah in time for the next episode.

To see how the approach of the show's creator differs from other Danish critics of Islam, read more.

Unlike a Danish politician who recently criticized Islamic extremists by using graphic video and violent verses from the Koran, The Terrorist Cell's creator Omar Marzouk opts for jokes as his vehicle for social commentary. Omar, a Muslim born in Denmark, thinks his country dodges a serious discussion about the its strict immigration policies and sometimes negative role in the Middle East. Do you think satire will help get the conversation started, or should societies never joke about terrorism?

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