Move over Wonder Woman and Supergirl, there’s a new female superhero in town. And she’s here to kick ass and take names. It’s Burka Avenger!
As reported by alarabiya.net, Wonder Woman and Sugergirl ain’t got nothin’ on Burka Avenger – a mild-mannered teacher with secret martial arts skills who uses a flowing black burka to hide her identity as she fights local thugs (uh, wouldn’t that be the Taliban and all other forms of Muslim extremists?) seeking to shut down the girls school where she works.
Sadly, it’s a battle Pakistanis are all too familiar with in the real world.
The Taliban have blown up hundreds of schools and attacked activists in Pakistan’s northwest because they oppose girls’ education. The militants sparked worldwide condemnation last fall when they shot Malala Yousafzai, a 15-year-old schoolgirl activist, in the head in an unsuccessful attempt to kill her. (In a bizarre twist, the Pakistani Taliban have since sent a letter to Malala explaining why they were justified in trying to kill her.)
Action in the “Burka Avenger” cartoon series, which is scheduled to start running on Geo TV in early August, is much more lighthearted. The bungling bad guys evoke more laughter than fear and are no match for Burka Avenger. The Urdu language show is the brainchild of one of Pakistan’s biggest pop stars, Aaron Haroon Rashid.
“Each one of our episodes is centered around a moral, which sends out strong social messages to kids,” Rashid told The Associated Press in his first interview about the show. “But it is cloaked in pure entertainment, laughter, action and adventure.”
Uh-huh. Call me crazy, but I’m having a hard time understanding how the savage mistreatment of women and girls in the Muslim world can be turned into “laughter” and “pure entertainment.” But, hey – there’s not much else I understand about the ways of “the peaceful religion” either.
I wonder if Burka Avenger will use her superpowers to stop honor killings?