“Homeland is racist.” Hit show punked by Arabic graffiti.

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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”

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“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.”

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4 Comments:

  1. A show that thoroughly deserves such punking. It should have been cancelled after the second season, or even the first. Been downhill since then, much like that other piece of rubbish, 24.

  2. Secret Squïrrel

    Having watched all eps of all series of Homeland so far, I am comfortable that it depicts the situation in the Middle East fairly and accurately. The Arabs / Muslims are not all the bad guys, and there are bad guys (and all shades of grey) who are US or German citizens.

    Furthermore, the majority of Muslim women in the show actually wear niqabs or chadors not burkas and, for the westernised ones, al-amiras.

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