Fun new Iraqi TV prank show: Planting fake bombs in people’s cars at security checkpoints

posted at 4:50 pm on September 3, 2010 by Allahpundit

Alternate headline: “Iraqis invent greatest show in history of television.”

The show “Put Him in [Camp] Bucca” has drawn numerous protests but has stayed on air throughout the fasting month, broadcasting its “stings” on well-known Iraqi personalities.

All of them were ensnared by being invited to the headquarters of the private television station Al Baghdadia to be interviewed, but en route to the station a fake bomb would be planted in their car while they were being searched by Iraqi soldiers, who were in on the deception.

The unwitting celebrities are then secretly filmed, Candid-Camera-style, as they reacted with shock, disbelief and anger as fake checkpoint guards shout abuse at them: “Why do you want to blow us up?” “You are a terrorist.” “How much did they pay you to do it? You will be executed.”

Follow the link up top for oodles of angry complaints from the public. I’m going to rate this 99 out of 100 on the inappropriateness scale, just because somehow — and I’m really not sure why — the fact that they’re limiting the targets of the pranks to Iraqi celebrities instead of average people slightly mitigates the awfulness of it all. But enough blather; you want to see a clip, don’t you? For your viewing pleasure, below you’ll find 14 and a half minutes of pure, 200-proof freaky deaky. There are no subtitles so you’re really only obliged to watch two parts: The first 90 seconds, where we descend into the madness of the premise, and then another minute or so at 11:10 when the “joke” is revealed. (In case you’re confused, as I was originally, the guy in the striped shirt and jeans is in on the prank. It’s the guy in the dark shirt who’s the target.) I keep wondering what would happen if one of the targets was armed and started to panic when he thought he was being hauled in on suspicion of terrorism.

A possible series finale inspired by Shiite wrangling over the government: Ayad Allawi gets pranked and somehow everyone “forgets” to tell him at the end that he’s not really going to jail.


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Very similar to the russian prank tv shows.

lorien1973 on September 3, 2010 at 4:52 PM

I keep wondering what would happen if one of the targets was armed and started to panic when he thought he was being hauled in on suspicion of terrorism.

Or he actually is a terrorist carrying a bomb…

peski on September 3, 2010 at 4:53 PM

What this concept needs is more involvement from the Japanese.

Purple Fury on September 3, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Those little scamps!

FontanaConservative on September 3, 2010 at 4:54 PM

This would be like some idiot deciding to buzz Manhattan with a Boeing airliner without telling the public that it’s all a photo shoot.

Oh, wait!

amerpundit on September 3, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Ashton Kutcher weeps with envy.

portlandon on September 3, 2010 at 4:58 PM

lorien1973 on September 3, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Just about identical actually. Just look up some Russian pranks they play on celebrities. Some of them are messed up.

lorien1973 on September 3, 2010 at 4:58 PM

Radio: It’s time for another Bill and Marty Classic Prank Call!
Bill: Hello is this Mr. Chester Sherman?
Chester: Yes.
Bill: Sir your wife is dead!
Chester: Oh…god, no!
Bill: That’s right, she just walked through a plate glass window, there’s blood everywhere!
Chester: But…but I just talked to her (starts crying)
Bill/Marty: (Laughs)

YYZ on September 3, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Taiwanese animators in work…

BallisticBob on September 3, 2010 at 4:59 PM

keep wondering what would happen if one of the targets was armed and started to panic when he thought he was being hauled in on suspicion of terrorism

As long as no Americans are involved, I don’t give a rats posterior

macncheez on September 3, 2010 at 5:00 PM

I’d buy THAT for a dollar!!!

Skywise on September 3, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Someone needs to tell the soldier in the sunglasses how goofy his beret looks.

Mark1971 on September 3, 2010 at 5:01 PM

[Allen Funt Voice]We thought it would be funny if… [/Allen Funt Voice]

ExUrbanKevin on September 3, 2010 at 5:01 PM

I remember watching an Israeli TV show where a guy would drop what might be appear to be a bomb, hilarity ensues!

rob verdi on September 3, 2010 at 5:05 PM

“For your viewing pleasure, below you’ll find 14 and a half minutes of pure, 200-proof freaky deaky.”

I hear the amputee ward at Walter Reed thinks this is a hoot…

Seven Percent Solution on September 3, 2010 at 5:05 PM

By the way, shouldn’t this guy have known something was funky when the Iraqi soldiers didn’t mind hanging out by the bomb-strapped vehicle to argue?

And were those soldiers carrying M-16s with red dot sights?

amerpundit on September 3, 2010 at 5:05 PM

That’s about as funny as an Al Gore environmental wacko trying to blow up the Discovery Channel.

faraway on September 3, 2010 at 5:05 PM

If they had Lets Make a Deal in Iraq, they would be overjoyed if Door #3 was a Donkey.

portlandon on September 3, 2010 at 5:06 PM

If stupidity is normality, WE WON.

Missionairo Accompo!

profitsbeard on September 3, 2010 at 5:09 PM

The one Iraqi appears to be wearing a Screaming Eagles patch on his left arm. Are some of these guys supposed to be Americans?

amerpundit on September 3, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Iwacky.

aquaviva on September 3, 2010 at 5:10 PM

my cousin is a troop in iraq.. he is trained to NOT hesitate. those pranksters have a death wish… Charles Bronson style.

moonbatkiller on September 3, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Maybe the Ground Zero Mosque is just a prank! haha they got us there. Too funny.

faraway on September 3, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Now if we could just get a spin-off show on MBC-1 that plants bibles in the cars of Saudi princes.

Socratease on September 3, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Very cathartic, I’m sure.

midlander on September 3, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Why this is a bad idea

http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Italy_seeks_indictment_of_U.S._marine

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Nicola Calipari was fatally shot by U.S. troops at a checkpoint in Iraq in 2005Italian prosecutors have asked a judge to indict a United States soldier for fatally shooting Italian intelligence officer Nicola Calipari at a roadblock in Iraq a year ago. The shooting occurred when Calipari was escorting the Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena on her way to Baghdad airport. When their car came under fire from U.S. Marines at a roadblock, Calipari was fatally shot while trying to shield Sgrena, who was only lightly wounded in the incident.

William Amos on September 3, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Sounds like an explosive show.

rbj on September 3, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Those guys!

Firebird on September 3, 2010 at 5:24 PM

Some of the rich legacy of humor that Islam is so famous for.

[email protected] on September 3, 2010 at 5:25 PM

The two guys not in berets DEFINITELY looked like American Soldiers, right down to the 101st Airborne Division patches on their sleeves.

Also in the very beginning you can hear “radio chatter” that I can DEFINITELY pick up some English in.

So either our guys are in on this, or else those two Iraqis got hold of not only older U.S. uniforms and helmets (not entirely impossible) but unit INSIGNIA as well or else there are American Servicemen in on the show.

SgtSVJones on September 3, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Won’t the Iraqi celebs start to catch on after an episode or two?

Disturb the Universe on September 3, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Brilliant!

They are now making fun of the people who actually blow stuff up. They are making fun of the insurgents.

Its in the bag.

Holger on September 3, 2010 at 5:30 PM

For anyone interested in remembering what a great president looks like. W

carbon_footprint on September 3, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Some of the rich legacy of humor that Islam is so famous for.

[email protected] on September 3, 2010 at 5:25 PM

These people who consider bombs and explosions to be humorous, are the same people who can’t see humor in a cartoon or teddy-bear…..

macncheez on September 3, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Maybe those guys with the phones taped to the Pepto Bismo bottles were participants in another reality show.

Disturb the Universe on September 3, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Now if we could just get a spin-off show on MBC-1 that plants bibles in the cars of Saudi princes.

Socratease on September 3, 2010 at 5:15 PM

LOL

Nah, they’d probably consider that poor taste.

SoldiersMom on September 3, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Imagine how they’d adapt Cheaters for Muslim consumption.

Disturb the Universe on September 3, 2010 at 5:38 PM

It would be even funnier if they stealthily inserted bombs up the butts of the of the targets then left wires protruding from of their anuses. Pandemonium! Hilarity ensures!

Mason on September 3, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Imagine how they’d adapt Cheaters for Muslim consumption.

Disturb the Universe on September 3, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Iraqi woman crying because her husband was caught committing adultery with a donkey.

Holger on September 3, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Iraqi woman crying because her husband was caught committing adultery with a donkey.

Holger on September 3, 2010 at 5:42 PM

Unless the “cheater” is a women, in which case it ends with an hysterical honor killing or public stoning.

Disturb the Universe on September 3, 2010 at 5:46 PM

This certainly explains that fatwa that was issued against “Candid Camera” the other day.

J_Crater on September 3, 2010 at 5:48 PM

When security gets used to the fakes in come the real bombs. It sure takes a rocket scientist to figure this out. Play the game with them, panic then blow up their vehicle. I bet dollars to doughnuts the game ends.

mixplix on September 3, 2010 at 5:48 PM

When security gets used to the fakes in come the real bombs. It sure takes a rocket scientist to figure this out. Play the game with them, panic then blow up their vehicle. I bet dollars to doughnuts the game ends.

mixplix on September 3, 2010 at 5:48 PM

Yea there is always that unfortunate problem…I mean they said the folks at security checkpoint were in on the gag, but what if some terrorist actually gets a REAL bomb in the car too?

NOT GOOD

SgtSVJones on September 3, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Cool, there is hope for iraq yet!

Alden Pyle on September 3, 2010 at 5:55 PM

This would be like some idiot deciding to buzz Manhattan with a Boeing airliner without telling the public that it’s all a photo shoot.

Oh, wait!

amerpundit on September 3, 2010 at 4:58 PM

^^^ THREAD WINNER!!!

landlines on September 3, 2010 at 5:58 PM

What kind of celebraties were these? The hood of the car looked like was from a different vehicle.

tommer74 on September 3, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Wait, wait, wait!………… Iraqi celebrities?

ThePrez on September 3, 2010 at 6:09 PM

Awwwww……that was cute! Those guys needed a little levity after beating their wives all day. Cute stuff!

nottakingsides on September 3, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Democracy, Whiskey, Sexy, -and Black Comedy?

slickwillie2001 on September 3, 2010 at 6:13 PM

What this concept needs is more involvement from the Japanese.

Purple Fury on September 3, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Now there are some people that know how to run a prank show.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zw2HqyI-QRA&feature=related

roy_batty on September 3, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Just saw Hurt Locker for the first time. Great movie.

TheBigOldDog on September 3, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Iwacky.

aquaviva on September 3, 2010 at 5:10 PM

This one wins for me.

John the Libertarian on September 3, 2010 at 6:40 PM

I can’t be the first to criticize the Iraqi guards for not only distracting themselves from actually patrolling properly, but threatening the peace by creating opportunities for terrorists to exploit with a real bomb.

maverick muse on September 3, 2010 at 6:53 PM

This would be like some idiot deciding to buzz Manhattan with a Boeing airliner without telling the public that it’s all a photo shoot.

Oh, wait!

amerpundit on September 3, 2010 at 4:58 PM
^^^ THREAD WINNER!!!

landlines on September 3, 2010 at 5:58 PM

I concur! Again…explain to me….how is this supposed to be funny???

capejasmine on September 3, 2010 at 7:01 PM

Just saw Hurt Locker for the first time. Great movie.

TheBigOldDog on September 3, 2010 at 6:22 PM

I agree!!! One of thee best movies I’ve seen in a long time!

capejasmine on September 3, 2010 at 7:02 PM

The guy in the stripes is gay….

Tim Burton on September 3, 2010 at 8:03 PM

Believe it or not these types of TV Shows are nothing new in the Middle East. I remember watching an HBO show, hosted by George Plimpton over 20 years ago where they showed clips from different TV shows in other countries.

They showed a clip from an Arab show where a guy would walk up to people carrying a suspicious looking package, then suddenly drop it, and run like hell. Of course the “targets” would then also run like hell-all the while canned laughter was heard in the background, like some demented version of Candid Camera.

Plimpton commented how ironic it was that a place where real bombings were so prevalent would have a TV show where a guy plants fake bombs for laughs. Personally it made me wonder why people are so freaking nuts over there.

Dreadnought on September 3, 2010 at 10:43 PM

Sheik issues fatwa against reality TV – UPI.com

Sep 2, 2010 … 2 (UPI) — A religious leader in Morocco has issued a fatwa calling candid camera TV shows “among the most grave and abhorrent of sins.”

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/…/09/…fatwa…/UPI-21731283456302/ – Cached

OxyCon on September 3, 2010 at 11:58 PM

Not cool. People will die.

And were those soldiers carrying M-16s with red dot sights?

amerpundit on September 3, 2010 at 5:05 PM

Some specialized Iraqi units do use US weapons, but not the guys manning check points usually. I’m not sure what’s up with the shoulder patches either.

Concur with the others that your first comment was hiliarious, also.

BadgerHawk on September 4, 2010 at 1:08 AM

I used to live on a tiny fire base just north of Bucca with about a dozen other guys. We guarded the supply route down to Bucca and an hour or so north of us. We used to go there all the time to get our trucks fixed, buy supplies (smokes, chew, the essentials), and raid their DFAC. Its a crappy little base (the prison smells like a dirty goat) but it was all we had close by. I still have some Cuban cigars that I bought at the haji shop. I was there August 11, 2006 when they had the prison riot and burned down a couple tents and a humvee. Its nothing but a dirty sand pit.

Logboy on September 4, 2010 at 1:18 AM

Dreadnought,
I remember that, but I thought it was Israel where the fake bombs were being dropped.

rob verdi on September 4, 2010 at 9:14 AM

There are no words for how messed up this is.

OneGyT on September 4, 2010 at 10:32 AM

Dreadnought,
I remember that, but I thought it was Israel where the fake bombs were being dropped.

rob verdi on September 4, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Rob:
Could be-but I seem to remember it was an Arab country-I’m thinking it was either Egypt or Syria. But I could be wrong-it was a long time ago. Either way it was pretty darn weird, huh?

Dreadnought on September 4, 2010 at 11:18 PM