The Selfie show exaggerations

So far, season two of the satirical show, Selfie, has addressed some major issues related to Saudi Arabia. Many issues have been tackled during the first two episodes. Saudi critic Dr. Saad al-Bazei says it would have been better if the issues addressed were distributed across more than one episode.

The purpose behind cramming up so many issues in one episode is to shock viewers regarding normal issues that will last for 100 more years.

Comedy has the capacity to convince people. Sometimes, satire is deeper than thoughts. When issues are addressed repeatedly, it’s becomes a must to resort to black comedy.

As a result, satire resembled black comedy in the second episode which tackled the subject of religious sects. It was a shocking episode despite being extremely funny. The viewers’ laughter were like cries over the bitter reality.

The purpose behind cramming up so many issues in one episode is to shock viewers regarding normal issues that will last for 100 more years

Turki Aldakhil

Emotions and reality

Real comedy shocks viewers and moves their emotions toward reality.

It is normal for some to get angry over comedy but it is not normal to demand realism from it. Satire and comedy are based on exaggerations and are meant to attract attention and get one to focus on the issue being discussed.

Those who request objectivity or realism in comedy are demanding the impossible. It is – as poet Abu Hassan al-Tahami said – like expecting fire in water.

Satirical ideas and comic scenes may influence much more than deep words of wisdom and ambiguous scenes.

This article was first published in Okaz on Jun. 09, 2016.
Turki Aldakhil is the General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. He began his career as a print journalist, covering politics and culture for the Saudi newspapers Okaz, Al-Riyadh and Al-Watan. He then moved to pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat and pan-Arab news magazine Al-Majalla. Turki later became a radio correspondent for the French-owned pan-Arab Radio Monte Carlo and MBC FM. He proceeded to Elaph, an online news magazine and, the news channel’s online platform. Over a ten-year period, Dakhil’s weekly Al Arabiya talk show “Edaat” (Spotlights) provided an opportunity for proponents of Arab and Islamic social reform to make their case to a mass audience. Turki also owns Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai. He has received several awards and honors, including the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society, human rights and advancing women’s roles in Gulf societies. He tweets @TurkiAldakhil.

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