Three graffiti artists hired to add local color to a refugee camp set on this week's episode of Homeland instead took the opportunity to troll the makers of the show, the Guardian reports. "Homeland is racist," "Homeland is a joke," and "#blacklivesmatter" are just three of the many slogans written in Arabic on the walls of the set by artists Heba Amin, Caram Kapp, and a third who goes by Stone. "The series has garnered the reputation of being the most bigoted show on television," the artists wrote in a statement published Wednesday. Homeland has been criticized for its portrayal of Muslims and Muslim cities featured in the show, notes the New York Times.
The artists got the gig through a friend and fellow artist who had been approached by the producers of the Showtime series, according to the statement. They said they were hesitant to take the job based on Homeland's reputation until they realized it was an opportunity. "It was our moment to make our point by subverting the message using the show itself." The artists say producers didn't give their slogans a second glance. "In their eyes, Arabic script is merely a supplementary visual that completes the horror-fantasy of the Middle East." Homeland showrunner Alex Gansa is taking the trolling in stride, saying the show always aims to start a conversation. "We can’t help but admire this act of artistic sabotage," he tells Deadline.