Black Lives Matter Graffiti Makes it to ‘Homeland’
Showtime’s Emmy Award-winning series Homeland received quite a surprise when the show’s production company decided to create a more authentic, scenic space and hired three Arabian graffiti artists to tackle the job.
The latest episode sees character “Carrie Matthison” traveling from Berlin to a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon.
According to Mashable, the job description called for the street artists to create messages that were apolitical. What was written instead were the following:
In addition to “Black Lives Matter” and “There is no Homeland,” other messages read “Homeland is racist.” Apparently, the attacks on the show have been brewing for some time due to their perceived “skewed view of the Muslim world” and its bigotry.
Showtime caught wind of the controversial messages and sent the following statement to Mashable.
“We wish we’d caught these images before they made it to air,” said Homeland show-runner Alex Gansa. “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.”
Read the artists reasoning, here.