The Public Authority for Audiovisual Media in Saudi Arabia suspended the series “Halal Victims”, which caused an unprecedented uproar on social media sites after it was exposed to societal crises, presented bold scenes and sexual suggestions, and one of its episodes dealt with the marriage of a child to a woman, and its discussion of thorny issues such as the marriage of misyar in Saudi society.
– General Authority for Audiovisual Media (@gcamsa) December 30, 2020
Fuss on social media
The series caused a sensation on the communication sites, and many followers accused it of inciting “pedophilia” (pedophilia), as they cut a scene from the series showing the marriage of a child with a woman.
A large number of viewers objected to the makers of the work because they were not Saudis and because of their exposure to Saudi society, and many of them confirmed that the writer of the series is Syrian and the director is Egyptian, and that the scenes were filmed in the Emirates.
The writer is Syrian, the director is Egyptian, and the photography in the Emirates is the last. They pinned it in Saudi Arabia! pic.twitter.com/EDuGT43cGP
— honey (@asilmiy) December 28, 2020
Some accused the series of “promoting and inciting vice.”
Victims of a halal series that calls for vice and harms society. Stop the show pic.twitter.com/024Xu4qyVP
– وردجنات (@ poipoipoi908080) December 28, 2020
Others criticized the series’s presentation of internal problems in society, while comparing the Saudi drama with its Egyptian and Syrian counterparts. One of the tweeters said that “Egyptian drama shows the courage of the Egyptian officers as in the selection series, and the Syrian drama draws on the Syrian generosity no matter how bad the circumstances, while the local Saudi drama is presented as a clown. Greedy, perverted and terrorist. “
Egyptian drama broadcasts fierce battles for the courage of Egyptian officers, such as the series The Choice
The Syrian drama talks about the struggle, patience, and generosity of the Syrian, no matter how bad the circumstances
Except here, the Saudi is photographed, you clown, you greedy, who steals the heir, you idiot, you pervert, you terrorist, and Bedlove delayed it like what we saw in #Victims_Halal series pic.twitter.com/MgGj1H1QBQ
-. (@ ROGUE4GENT) December 28, 2020
While few saw that the series discusses real crises from the heart of society, and that public interventions without correct critical tools are what causes crises.
Well, the name of the series is Halal Victims, meaning that they will allow them to forget what they want under the name of Halal
I see the series is strong and it tells of an existing reality, but we do not admit it
– Noon ..🪐 (@noon_xc) December 28, 2020
One of the biggest problems facing the creative field is that the public interferes in adapting it to its concept even though they do not have specialized critical tools for that … All they have to do is simply use ready-made vulgar terms, using populism, to describe this creative act in order to demoralize it.
— Fahad Alharbi (@fahd000n) October 26, 2020
A number of the tweeters saw the need to hold accountable those responsible for the production of the series, and demanded that the producer, director, author and heroes of the series be held accountable for their attempt to distort the image of Saudi society.
Janas, I am collapsed from the series “Halal Victims, Takfoun,” stood up and stood and executed all those who published it.
I see this, but clips here on Twitter. I feel that I am suffocating him from the amount of calamities and lack of life 😭
— reema (@yyaahh_) December 30, 2020
The story of the series
The series “Halal Victims” deals with the story of 5 girls from different backgrounds and social classes. They were subjected to harsh conditions and found no refuge except through Umm Noura, who convinced them that the only way to salvation was the misyar marriage that she administers according to her terms.
The Saudi social drama series is written by the Syrian Nour Shishkly, directed by the Egyptian Ahmed Medhat, and produced by “MBC STUDIOS” and Al Sadaf for audio and video production.
The series is shown every Sunday, as 5 episodes were shown, but the Media Commission stopped showing the rest of it, and decided to hold business officials accountable. It stars Sana Bakr Younis, Mella Al-Zahrani, Badr Al-Luhaid, Al-Anoud Saud, Nasreen Al-Radi, and Khaled Saqr, and is shown on the witness platform.