Makers of the hit TV show Homeland have been threatened with a lawsuit for misrepresenting Beirut in a recent episode of the show. The threat came from Lebanese Tourism Minister Faddy Abboud who said that the filming “did not depict reality” and could damage Lebanese tourism. The BBC reports that Mr. Abboud plans on suing the director and producer of the show.
The matter is made even more complicated because the show is based off an Israeli series called Hatufim and the episode concerned was actually shot in Israel. The history between the two territories has at times been volatile and some consider Homeland’s depiction of Arabs to be insulting.
Homeland, which is produced by Twentieth Century Fox, has won multiple Emmy Awards, including Best Drama, Best Lead Actress in a Drama and Best Lead Actor in a Drama.