Yemenis accuse the MBC channel of scoffing at them
The series presented Yemenis as a group of militants who spearhead terror cells and behave stupidly and frivolously.
Many Yemeni critics think that the series is employed to portray Yemenis slanderously as terrorists. It looks down on their costumes and traditions, particularly the jambiya and the country’s addiction to qat.
The state-run 26 September newspaper hinted that a cluster of lawyers intend to take MBC to court on the basis of the Ramadan series 'Wi-Fi' that displayed Yemenis in a derogative way. The channel allegedly attempted to convey the message that Yemen is the genesis of terrorism and Yemenis have no objective in life except for explosions and chewing qat.
In one of the episodes, an actor was displayed putting on Yemeni clothes and a jambiya; he held the role of a person planning a suicide operation. A second actor asked him “Are you chewing?” The first actor, exhibiting himself as a Yemeni, said he would make a bomb that none could detect.
Jamal Jubran, a Yemeni writer, wrote in Lebanon News that “if we mull over the issue, we will figure out that Yemeni programs are the reason behind the promotion of this image.”
He went on to say that the series ‘Hami Hamak’, broadcast on Al-Saeeda, is one of the dramatic productions that exhibit Yemenis as stupid and anarchic characters that always complain in grubby clothes.
“In the end, these works succeed in projecting Yemenis in a feeble light.”
Abdulhafit Al-Faqeh, a viewer, indicated that the series is an insult to Yemenis and is calling for the MBC channel to apologize.