According to Gulf News, the production company claims that the videos were intended to be educational and inform the public about the dangers of suicide bombs. Some Saudis have reportedly called for the government to take “punitive action” against the company and the actors involved in the stunt.
Last October, Saudi police detained a Saudi teenager who placed a prank call saying he was going to carry out a suicide bomb attack at a local mosque on the third day of Eid. The teen reportedly used a mobile phone app that enabled him to change his voice and phone number. Prosecutors reportedly accused the teen of “disturbing other people and frightening them through the use of a mobile application, as well as disturbing the security authorities.”
Fear sells and so does Fear based advertising as we can see in the NYC subways again. What also sells is Ignorance. We were the architects of our own oppression.
The ads, which were created by comedians Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah to advertise their 2013 American comedy documentary The Muslims Are Coming! along with dispelling myths about the American Muslim community, were previously rejected and banned for display after the MTA concluded that the ads were “political in nature.”