Criticism of the ‘Homeland’ poster for its equidistance between victims and executioners

‘Homeland’, Fernando Aramburu’s successful book has become a series for HBO, which will premiere all eight chapters on September 27. The ‘best seller’ addresses one of the hardest times in the history of Spain, that of ETA terrorism. In the text, Aramburu treats the story from the perspective of two families, one that loses a relative in an attack and the other of which the murderer is part. This is possibly what the American subscription television channel wanted to show on its promotional poster. However, it is being harshly criticized for its equidistance by showing at the same level one of the protagonists murdered with a shot in the neck in the middle of the street, the signature of the ETA terrorists with the executioners, a naked prisoner in the police station.

“I have a good relationship with Aramburu, he says that he already did his job and that I had to do my work,” said Aitor Gabilondo at the last San Sebastian Festival, where the first images of the series were presented. “If I had wanted to tell the novel I would have hired an actor to read it, because this is not only an adaptation, it is also a rescaling in which I give more weight to what I found most interesting and moved me the most.” Despite everything, fans of the novel can rest assured: “Aramburu read the scripts and he liked them.”

Criticism in the networks

Andrea Levy, for example, councilor of the PP in the Madrid City Council, has criticized the poster for forgetting that “who were victims and who were executioners.”

The deputy of Vox Macarena Olona has also criticized the poster.

The author of the book, Fernando Aramburu, tweeted this Tuesday a photo of the poster, placed in the Plaza del Callao, in Madrid. There was precisely one of the many attacks by ETA, when an artifact exploded in a trash can and killed a municipal policeman.

The president of the Basque PP, Iñaki Oyarzabal, has called the poster an “insult” and “shame.”


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