Homeland creators have responded to the Arab artists who sabotaged the Showtime series by sneakily writing anti-Homeland graffiti on the set of the latest episode titled “The Tradition of Hospitality” which aired on October 11.
The artists, who have identified themselves as "The Arabian Street Artists," wrote Arabic slogans such as “Homeland is racist,” “There is no Homeland,” and “This show does not represent the views of the artists,” on the set of what was supposed to depict a Syrian refugee camp, reported TIME.
The artists, Heba Amin and Caram Kapp, said that the production crew instructed them to keep their work political and gave them pro- President Bashar al-Assad graffiti as inspiration, reported Entertainment Weekly.
Homeland co-creator and showrunner Alex Gansa released a statement to Entertainment Weekly saying, “We wish we’d caught these images before they made it to air. 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.”
Homeland has often been criticized for its misrepresentation of Muslims and the Middle East. The artists referred to Homeland on their website as “the most bigoted and racist TV series.”
Amin told The Washington Post that no one wanted to work on the project “because of their political standpoints.” However, they later thought, “What if we could use this as an opportunity to be subversive, to make a point with it?”
Amin says that Homeland trades in “inaccurate, undifferentiated and highly biased depiction of Arabs, Pakistanis, and Afghans.”
“It’s very important for us to address the idea that this kind of stereotyping is very dangerous,” she says, “because it helps form people’s perceptions of an entire region, a huge region, which in turn affects foreign policy. It was a way to claim back our image.”
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