Bahrain: “Our Women are Iron Women”
Bahraini Twitter users took a break from politics and had some fun this morning on the microblogging social network. Artist Anas Al Shaikh read a news article which said that an Iraqi woman had killed herself in protest against her husband watching dubbed Turkish soap operas.
Turkish soap operas have replaced the Mexican ones in recent years. Dubbed into Arabic, they are popular with audiences who follow the episodes, which sometimes run for months.
Al Shaikh shared the newsy tidbit with his Twitter followers and asked:
@Anas_Al_Shaikh: A news item in a newspaper .. An Iraqi woman burnt herself to death in protest against her husband watching Turkish soap operas. Why haven't we heard that a Bahraini woman has committed the same thing? hahaha
The pun was not lost and the comment sparked a lot of reactions.
Bahraini women have been at the forefront of anti-government protests which started in Bahrain in February 2011. flickr photograph from Al Jazeera English used under (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Um Salman says:
@Umsalman2011: Because Bahraini women are mature, she knows that Turkish soap operas or anything else are not worth killing herself for
And Fatima Salim notes:
Written by Amira Al Hussaini