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'Homeland' Graffiti by Street Artists Bashes 'Racist' Showtime Series

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By    |   Friday, 16 Oct 2015 11:32 AM

Street artists hired to decorate the set of the TV show "Homeland" with graffiti painted messages written in Arabic that insulted the show, including the phrase "'Homeland' is racist."

One of the artists, Heba Y. Amin, explained on her website that the television show propagates lies about Middle Eastern cultures and said it has garnered a reputation as "being the most bigoted show on television for its inaccurate, undifferentiated, and highly biased depiction of Arabs, Pakistanis, and Afghans, as well as its gross misrepresentations of the cities of Beirut, Islamabad, and the so-called Muslim world in general."

CNN reported that other phrases slipped into the "Homeland" graffiti included, "'Homeland' is a joke and it didn't make us laugh," and "'Homeland' is NOT a series."

Washington Post writer Laura Durkay tapped the show as "bigoted." In October 2014, she wrote, "Since its first episode, 'Homeland,' which returns Sunday, has churned out Islamophobic stereotypes as if its writers were getting paid by the cliché. Yet the show, created by '24' veterans Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa and former Israeli paratrooper Gideon Raff, continues to rack up awards, critical praise, and millions of viewers."

Amin said the Arabian street artists were contacted in June by the production company about creating graffiti for scenes in a Syrian refugee camp.

"Given the series’ reputation we were not easily convinced, until we considered what a moment of intervention could relay about our own and many others’ political discontent with the series," she wrote on her website. "It was our moment to make our point by subverting the message using the show itself."

"We wish we'd caught these images before they made it to air," Alex Gansa, creator, executive producer, and showrunner of the hit Showtime series, told Deadline. "However, as 'Homeland' always strives to be subversive in its own right and a stimulus for conversation, we can’t help but admire this act of artistic sabotage.”

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