‘Homeland’ wrapped up for its fourth season here in the UK last night and if we’re honest, without spoiling anything, it felt like it was lacking something.
It appears though that the show have left Pakistani officials less than impressed with how the show have portrayed their country and apparently misrepresented their language.
Nadeem Hotiana, a Pakistan Embassy spokesman spoke to The New York Post and slammed the show for its “grimy” portrayal of their country.
“Maligning a country that has been a close partner and ally of the US … is a disservice not only to the security interests of the US but also to the people of the US.”
A source went on to add: “Islamabad is a quiet, picturesque city with beautiful mountains and lush greenery.”
“In ‘Homeland’, it’s portrayed as a grimy hellhole and war zone where shootouts and bombs go off with dead bodies scattered around. Nothing is further from the truth.”
Addressing how ‘Homeland’ misrepresented their language a source explained how characters would speak English “like Americans would” and how an Urdu accent “is far from the local accent”.
The source also spoke about how in ‘Homeland’ they suggested that the Pakistani government would be involved in the protection of terrorists.
“Repeated insinuations that an intelligence agency of Pakistan is complicit in protecting the terrorists at the expense of innocent Pakistani civilians is not only absurd but also an insult to the ultimate sacrifices of the thousands of Pakistani security personnel in the war against terrorism.”
“Our culture embraces Western society. Pakistan believes in the democratic system of voting in our presidents,”
“Pakistanis never embraced the dictators who, in the past, ruled the country because they took over the presidency through violent means. ‘Homeland’ makes it seem that Pakistan has contempt for Americans and its values and principles. That is not true.”