The producers of the TV series Homeland thought graffiti in Arabic would be an authentic addition to the background of their Syrian refugee camp set.
However, the street artists asked to provide the slogans had other ideas. Heba Amin, Caram Kapp, and Stone have admitted sabotaging the fifth series of the show, with graffiti slamming it.
On their website, the artists have examples of graffiti written in Arabic, such as: “Homeland is NOT a series”, “the situation is not to be trusted”, and “this show does not represent the views of the artists”. One slogan reads ‘Homeland is racist’
The trio say they object to the show’s content.
“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,” the artists wrote on their website.
“Given the show’s reputation, we were not convinced, until we considered what a moment of intervention could relay about our, and many others’, political discontent with the series.”
Initially, the artists say they were shown images of “pro-Assad graffiti, apparently natural in a Syrian refugee camp”.
However, Amin, Kapp, and Stone made their own statement, with their slogans unchecked by Homeland producers, who were philosophical and even a little impressed with the sabotage.
Alex Gansa told Deadline: “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.”
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