Homeland’s portrayal of Lebanon
A famous example of negative stereotyping of Lebanon, was the recent portrayal of Lebanon in the hit US series Homeland.
Although I am a massive fan of the programme, Homeland portrays Lebanon’s famous Hamra Street in West Beirut, as downtrodden, in need of new infrastructure and swarming with militia.
However the reality couldn’t be further from the truth.
It prompted a reaction from Lebanon’s foreign minister Fady Abboud. “This kind of film damages the image of Lebanon – it is not fair to us and it’s not true, it is not portraying reality.”
The Lebanese government even threatened to sue the producers of the programme.
Is this justified?
Have a look at these images and let us know.