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'Homeland is racist': Artists hide subversive graffiti in hit TV show

Updated 9:14 PM ET, Thu October 15, 2015
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Claire Danes star of hit U.S. TV series "Homeland" walks past graffiti on a wall that says in Arabic: "Homeland is NOT a series." From Showtime
A group of artists asked to spray graffiti on the walls of a "Homeland" set to make it look more authentic sneaked derogatory slogans in. The graffiti here says, "Ready to die." Courtesy of the artists
Danes as Carrie Mathison walking through a fictional Syrian refugee camp past the graffiti slogan: "Homeland is racist." From Showtime
One of the artists, Heba Amin, says they did it because the show portrays world events inaccurately. The show launched in 2011 and has focused on Islamist extremism and terror in the Middle East. The larger graffiti slogan reads: "Homeland is racist." Courtesy of the artists
The episode's make-believe refugee camp was set up in an old factory on the outskirts of Berlin. Graffiti reads "Homeland is NOT a series." Courtesy of the artists
This slogan reads: "Freedom ... now in 3-D." The episode containing the artists' subversive slogans aired in the U.S. this week and will air in the UK at the weekend. Courtesy of the artists
This one reads: "Homeland is a joke, and it didn't make us laugh." Critics have accused the series of bigotry, Islamophobia and of portraying Muslims in a crude way. The head of the company that makes the show defends its right to "tell difficult stories in difficult parts of the world." Courtesy of the artists
Graffiti reads #blacklivesmatter, referencing the activist movement that sprang up in the U.S. in the wake of the 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman of murdering African-American teen Trayvon Martin. Courtesy of the artists
"Homeland is a sham" this graffiti reads. The literal translation of sham in this case is watermelon -- often used in Arabic to indicate something is not to be taken seriously. Courtesy of the artists