It’s Ramadan, so it must be time for another ‘Tash Ma Tash’ controversy! Arab News reports…
This time around, the target is polygamy. The writers turn it around to a matter of polyandry, though, and that’s got some people hot under the collar. Rather than seeing it as a social critique, the humor-impaired see it as an attack on religion. It’s hardly that… Islam, after all, doesn’t require that a man have four wives. It only permits it. The choice to have multiple wives is a personal and somewhat-social matter. But it certainly has an effect on the supernumerary wives. And that is exactly the point this popular TV show was making.
Tash Ma Tash again stirs controversy
JEDDAH: A controversial episode from a satirical Saudi television show was finally aired on Saturday, despite coming under fire from scholars and viewers.
The “Multiple Husbands” episode, the fourth to be shown on the 17th series of Tash Ma Tash, revolves around a woman with four husbands who wants to divorce one so she can marry for the fifth time.
It is based on Saudi columnist Nadine Al-Bidair’s article “My Four Husbands and I,” published last December in the Egyptian newspaper Al-Masri Al-Youm. The column created a major Islamic debate and received massive criticism.
In the episode, the woman marries her second husband because the first stops caring about his looks after five years of marriage as well as being too busy with work.
The woman marries the third husband as part of a dare with her friends. She then weds the fourth because he is Syrian and by that point she is bored with Saudi men.
She tells her husbands that she wants a fifth because she wants to feel young again, but adds that she needs to divorce one of them first in order to achieve this.
After the men draw lots, she divorces the husband who draws the short straw.