Updated: October 16, 2015 8:50:38 pm
In a strange turn of events for the popular TV series ‘Homeland’, the latest episode has some interesting graffiti.
The series, which revolves around the role of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the US to curb international terror, has been applauded as well as criticised for being racist and biased. Though, the producers probably did not expect to actually carry that opinion on air, as a part of their own episode.
Three street artists, who were hired by a production firm to lend authenticity to the set and make it look like a Syrian refugee camp, painted them with subversive messages like “Homeland is racist”, “There is no Homeland”, “The situation is not to be trusted”, etc., in Arabic.
The episode was aired in the US and Australia on October 11 and is slated to broadcast in the UK on October 18. The episode has interventions on the walls written by these artists. The episode was otherwise shot in Germany.
“The series has garnered the reputation of 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,” said the artists in a statement published by them online.
They were contacted by a friend who has been active in the graffiti and street art scene in Germany, who was, in turn, contacted by the series’ production team to lend the graffiti authenticity. “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. It was our moment to make our point by subverting the message using the show itself,” they said.
Interestingly, even the producers didn’t realise what the artists were doing. “The content of what was written on the walls … was of no concern. In their eyes, Arabic script is merely a supplementary visual that completes the horror-fantasy of the Middle East, a poster image dehumanising an entire region to human-less figures in black burkas and moreover, this season, to refugees.”
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