Sunday?s episode of ?Homeland? saw CIA agent Carrie Mathison, played by Claire Danes, walking past graffiti that read ?Homeland is racist.?
?The series has garnered the reputation of being?the most bigoted show on television?, Heba Amin?s statement reads as posted on her website, pertaining to an article by the Washington Post, ?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.?
Heba is one-third of the group called Arabian Street Artists who admitted to ?hacking? the award-winning series along with Caram Kapp and Don Karl aka Stone.
Heba describes in detail the task they were given:
?In our initial meeting, we were given a set of images of pro-Assad graffiti- apparently natural in a Syrian refugee camp. Our instructions were: (1) the graffiti has to be apolitical (2) you cannot copy the images because of copyright infringement (3) writing ?Mohamed is the greatest, is okay of course?. We would arm ourselves with slogans, with proverbs allowing for critical interpretation, and, if the chance presented itself, blatant criticism directed at the show. And so, it came to be.?
?The set decoration had to be completed in two days, for filming on the third. Set designers were too frantic to pay any attention to us; they were busy constructing a hyper-realistic set that addressed everything from the plastic laundry pins to the frayed edges of outdoor plastic curtains. It looked?very Middle Eastern and the summer sun and heat helped heighten that illusion. The content of what was written on the walls, however, 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 dehumanizing an entire region to human-less figures in black burkas and moreover, this season, to refugees.?
Other graffiti they created for show read?Homeland is watermelon?, ?Homeland is a joke? and ?Freedom? now in 3-D!?