Lebanon v. Showtime

The Telegraph reports Lebanese officials are considering their legal options to challenge the negative portrayal of Beirut on Showtime’s “Homeland.”

Fady Abboud, Lebanon’s minister of tourism, who has spent a small fortune trying to revive the country’s reputation as the Paris of the Middle East, expressed outrage at the “serious misrepresentation” of the city.

“We are following the case legally. I raised this at the cabinet meeting and the president asked the minister for justice and the minister of communications to see what can be done,” said Mr Abboud. . . .

Residents expressed bafflement at the episode’s description of modern day “Hamra Street”. What in the programme is a shoddy quarter where gunmen leap from cars and harass terrified women is actually a busy commercial centre of top-brand Western clothing chains and boutiques.

And to make matters even worse, the Telegraph reports, the Beirut scenes were actually filmed in Israel.