Arab Subsersives Strike Again!

“ ‘Homeland’ is racist,” read graffiti shown on the television program.

Those Arab subversives are everywhere!  Infiltrating our country and trying to destroy the American way of life!  They hate us because we are free!

We all watch television and movies right?  Those great shows and films with heroes defending us folk against the terrorist marauders who have infiltrated our nation at the highest levels of government.

Shows about the young FBI or CIA trainees; hot young people who can’t wait to serve their country and get laid in their government cars without a thought as to whether or not they are really defending the Constitution or the national security state.  And among all of the hot young recruits is a Muslim terrorist, planted in the group to advance in the bureau so he can do some serious damage to America.

Yes, they are everywhere.

Your kid of course has a better chance of being killed in school by a random American nut job with a gun than by a bonafide Arab terrorist; but hey that don’t make for good T.V.  A better show is about the terrorist infiltration into the home land.

Which brings us to “Homeland”.

You know you watch it.  It’s the one with the bi-polar former intelligence agent, Carrie Mathison, tracking down a returning captured Marine brainwashed into the Islamic terrorist cause (shades of Manchurian Candidate) and any other Arab terrorist out there.  And of course they are everywhere.

“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,”

And the show rarely gets it right.  In  the first season it was suggested that Al Qaeda was an “Iranian venture” that had sought revenge against the United States on behalf of Iran.  It is assumed that all Americans are morons.

Well in a recent episode our heroine, back on her meds and played by Claire Danes (who won two Emmys for this role thus far) is being escorted through a Syrian refugee camp by a Hezbollah militant past a wall covered with Arabic graffiti.

The scene was shot in Berlin and the producers felt the location needed more “authenticity”.  I mean it’s got to look like your typical Arab refugee slum – graffiti and all.

“Get some Arab artists to paint some graffiti on the wall in Arabic”.

So some gopher went out and got three Arab street artists to put some graffiti on the wall.  What kind of graffiti?  “Just put up some pro-Assad graffiti”.  I guess the producers figured that’s what would be on the walls of a Syrian refugee camp.  Besides it makes no difference.  Just make it look “authentic” – or what passes for authentic since no one producing or watching the show has been to a Syrian refugee camp – or reads Arabic.

Hee hee.

Attentive viewers who read Arabic, however, might have noticed something awry. Among the messages spray-painted on the walls:   ‘Homeland’ is racist,” “There is no ‘Homeland’ ” and “ ‘Homeland’ is watermelon.”

The subversive messages seemingly escaped the notice of the producers of the television series.

Hee hee.  Subversives strike again.

On Wednesday, an Egyptian artist, Heba Y. Amin, and two other artists, Caram Kapp and Stone, took credit for the graffiti, saying it was a subtle protest of false and misleading stereotypes in the series, which has been heavily criticized for its portrayals of Muslims.

The three, who call themselves Arabian Street Artists, said they had used the opportunity to vent their “political discontent” with the show.

“For four seasons, and entering its fifth, ‘Homeland’ has maintained the dichotomy of the photogenic, mainly white, mostly American protector versus the evil and backwards Muslim threat.”

In October 2012, Lebanon’s tourism minister at the time, Fadi Abboud, threatened to sue the makers of the series for their depiction of Beirut, the Lebanese capital. The program’s portrayal showed a group of terrorists meeting on Hamra Street, which was depicted as a center for militia violence; in real life, the street is a cosmopolitan road with a Starbucks, outdoor cafes and women in outfits ranging from skimpy to fully veiled. Mr. Abboud was particularly angry that the episode had been filmed in Israel.

Ms. Amin and her colleagues said the show demonstrated its insensitivity by “naming a key terrorist character after the former real-life Pakistani ambassador to the United States.” (The character is Haissam Haqqani; the ambassador, Husain Haqqani, who served from 2008 to 2011, is a scholar who has written frequently — and highly critically of the Pakistan government — for The New York Times and other publications.).

“Ms. Amin said she was particularly aggrieved by what she called the show’s distortions of reality in the Middle East. “The framing of events and brainwashing about the region has a real impact on foreign policy because millions of people are getting their information from the show and can’t differentiate between facts and fiction,” she said.

“Homeland” often uses scenes in which crowded streets in the Middle East and the Islamic world  stand for a kind of alien, unintelligible chaos, a teeming welter of noise and dust and veils in which danger can lurk anywhere.

On this basis of American ignorance and paranoia are drones launched and hospitals destroyed.

Ms. Amin said that the series was easy to dupe, as there did not seem to be stringent fact-checking, and that she had noticed many linguistic Arabic inaccuracies in the past.

““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,” the group writes. “The show has thus created a chain of causality with Arabs at its beginning and as its outcome — their own victims and executioners at the same time.”

Hee hee.  The government is right.  There is a subsersive behind every bush.

You can’t trust anyone these days.



About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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4 Responses to Arab Subsersives Strike Again!

  1. beetleypete says:

    That made me chuckle, Frank.
    Funnily enough, ‘Homeland’ isn’t seen that way over here. It is rather regarded to be an anti-American programme, showing the CIA killing many innocent people, and the view is that their agents are power-mad,and ruthless. Far from being the saviours of the ‘free world’, they are viewed as causing most of the problems that affect it.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. toritto says:

    You hit the nail on the head Pete. Blame the American educational system and our precious phones taking up all of our attention. Best.


  3. I think this was a brilliant stunt. I had assumed that the CIA wrote most of the scripts for Homeland – obviously they didn’t check the graffiti.

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