• Move Over, “The Interview” … Now Pakistan is Ticked Off at Showtime’s “Homeland”

    We all know Pakistan has been in bed with terrorists for decades and most likely provided safe harbor for Osama Bin Laden. But you’d better not depict that on a fictional TV show, lest you face the full wrath of some angry Pakistanis.

    The New York Post is reporting that Pakistan is furious over its portrayal in the cable series starring Claire Danes.

    From the Post:

    One of their beefs is that the show — which stars Danes as CIA Agent Carrie Mathison on assignment in Pakistan — trashed a diplomat’s image of the capital as a bucolic oasis.

    “Islamabad is a quiet, picturesque city with beautiful mountains and lush greenery,” one source said. “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.”

    The biggest gripe is that the show depicts Pakistan as undemocratic and allied with 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,” a source said.

    It’s interesting how those furious Pakistanis chose not to have their names used in the piece, is it not? If the depiction of their country on Homeland is so inaccurate, why don’t these critics feel safe to speak freely?

    Watch former CIA officer Gary Berntsen offer his take on the yawn-inducing outrage in the clip above, courtesy of Fox News.

    Matt Fox

    Senior Editor

    Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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