Homeland‘s last episode aired graffiti that blatantly accused the show of racism -and it didn’t even realise it was doing it.
Producers had hired three graffiti artists – Heba Amin, Caram Kapp and Stone – to recreate graffiti on a Berlin set dressed as a refugee camp on the Syrian / Lebanese border.
But the three, angered by “highly biased” depictions of Arabs, Pakistani and Afghans, applied subversive messages in Arabic, which went unchecked by producers.
Their messages claimed:
“Homeland is racist,”
“There is NO Homeland,”
“Homeland is watermelon,”
“Homeland is NOT a series,”
“Homeland is a joke and it didn’t make us laugh,”
“Freedom… now in 3D”
“It was our moment to make our point by subverting the message using the show itself,” they wrote in a lengthy online response.
“In their eyes, Arabic script is merely a supplementary visual that completes the horror-fantasy of the Middle East, a poster image dehumanizing an entire region to human-less figures in black burkas and moreover, this season, to refugees.
“The show has thus created a chain of causality with Arabs at its beginning and as its outcome- their own victims and executioners at the same time. As was briefly written on the walls of a make-believe Syrian refugee camp in a former Futterphosphatfabrik (animal feed plant) in the outskirts of Berlin, the situation is not to be trusted- الموضوع فيه أن.”