Yemenis call for MBC boycott after 'insulting' drama series
Yemenis poured online to express anger at Saudi-owned MBC and its 'Rashash' series under the Twitter hashtag 'Boycott MBC channels'.
حملة واسعة هذا اليوم أطلقها ناشطون واعلاميون لحملة الكترونية شعبية للبدء بمقاطعه قنوات العهر والرذيلة التي تنتهك أعراض النساء لصفة عامة ولهذا نحن ندعوا لمقاطعه قنوات MBC— تـعز برس (@taiz_brees) August 5, 2021
على الوسم : #مقاطعه_قنوات_MBC pic.twitter.com/q50FTOWy4w
In one scene, a man is asked what he is going to do with all the cash he has, to which he says he is going to Yemen to spend money "on women and drugs".
The less-than-a-minute scene was enough to cause uproar in mostly conservative Yemen, which has been torn apart by war for years.
The show 'Rashash' is based on real events tied to a gang in Saudi Arabia in the 1980s, headed by a man of the same name. It was allegedly delayed for months as the fugitive’s clan and his mother opposed how the drama series portrayed him.
It’s not the first time MBC has caused controversy. Social media users have called for shows to be cancelled and the broadcaster boycotted in recent years for series they've considered offensive, either towards Islam, a community or a nation.
The media corporation, headquartered in Dubai, operates several channels catering to different countries and demographics.