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Danish Sitcom Stars Bumbling Terrorists Plotting an Attack

The Danes will soon confront terrorism in their front rooms. A new sitcom, The Terror Cell, follows the lives of terrorists conspiring in Denmark. The main characters include:

  • Osama: a businessman who sees terrorism as a money maker
  • Abdul: a convert to Islam who acts as if he can't kill enough people
  • Ali: a Pakistani who won a competition for the honor of avenging the Danish cartoons degrading the Prophet Muhammad

Living in a rundown Copenhagen apartment, these terrorists escape detection because their closest neighbor, an elderly woman, believes World War II has not ended and the men are hiding from the Germans. While pretending to be integrated Muslims, the members of the cell plan an attack in Denmark. Each episodes ends with the incompetent terrorists blowing themselves up, only to be returned to earth by Allah in time for the next episode.

To see how the approach of the show's creator differs from other Danish critics of Islam,


Unlike a Danish politician who recently criticized Islamic extremists by using graphic video and violent verses from the Koran, The Terrorist Cell's creator Omar Marzouk opts for jokes as his vehicle for social commentary. Omar, a Muslim born in Denmark, thinks his country dodges a serious discussion about the its strict immigration policies and sometimes negative role in the Middle East. Do you think satire will help get the conversation started, or should societies never joke about terrorism?


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milosmommy milosmommy 9 years
I honestly thought it sounded pretty funny too. The whole thing with them screwing it up and blowing themselves up and being sent back to earth seems pretty funny. But then I like sick humor so sue me.
stiletta stiletta 9 years
I guess it's just me, but I think this show sounds hysterical.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
there was a US show that had a similar plot that got nixed after the whole terrorist thing happened here...and i think that it's probably a smart thing. i know that you can't really say that TV is accountable for actions of other people, but if you're giving anyone ideas on how to do things from a TV show then it's not socially responsible.
janneth janneth 9 years
Sorry, but they are asking for it.
kathili kathili 9 years
I'm a little surprised this is making it out to Danish national television. Wasn't there a comic referencing something similar that was severely censured, and censored in the same region?
amybdk amybdk 9 years
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
:sick: jk
amybdk amybdk 9 years
it was actually my favorite one! i know it's so bad. i know. i know. but i love blood, guts & gore!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Wasn't the acid gross?
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
lol, wasn't it good? I thought it was very well done and well cast.
amybdk amybdk 9 years
Guess what I DID see last night, GS? I saw Untraceable! Thanks for the suggestion. I enjoyed it - especially all of the gross stuff. My husband, however, was practically in tears. He's Über-sensitive.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
the less PC, the funnier.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Go see Tropic Thunder. It was awesome!
amybdk amybdk 9 years
I think it sounds hilarious. I love really politically incorrect stuff. (is that bad?)
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
i love geraniums... just felt like sharing. am i the only one who thinks this TV show is going to be fantastic?
amybdk amybdk 9 years
i do what i can. :medal:
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
Thanks Amy, now this is in my head: Yesterday, love was such an easy game to play Now I need a place to hide away And not the good beatles version. it's the boyzIImen one. And I can't harmonize. So thanks! :wink:
amybdk amybdk 9 years
I'm clearly crashing from my afternoon sugar rush, yesterYEAR. Sorry about that.
amybdk amybdk 9 years
Whoa, yesterday! Holy new avatar! Bright and beautiful as the day you were born.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
umm... this sounds amazing. seriously. if you can't laugh at these things what can you do? the subplot about the old lady thinking they are hiding from the germans is brilliant, by the way!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
the line about having to return to earth kinda cracks me up, but a show like this thats so tongue in cheek is going to be lost on the masses.
hil34 hil34 9 years
Wait, this is a sitcom? About terrorism? ick....
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 9 years
This is when you just want to piss someone off.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 9 years
I'm with you, UnDave! This doesn't seem like it would be very entertaining at all...
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
Is this supposed to be entertainment? Bleah
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