‘Homeland’s’ Quran controversy with Morena Baccarin, hate tweets and more

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Morena Baccarin
Actress Morena Baccarin arrives at the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, California September 20, 2015. Reuters/Mario Anzuoni

“Homeland” Season 6 will release in October 2016 and fans can’t wait to find out where the show will take Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) this time. Those who have not watched “Homeland” in its entirety may not read the article. The TV show has been pretty frank with its take on the post 9/11 era. Although the show is loved by many, there have been scenes that have created controversies and never went down well with viewers.

[Spoiler Alert] According to The Huffington Post, there was a scene in “Homeland” Season 2 where Nicholas Brody’s (Damian Lewis) wife Jessica (Morena Baccarin) throws the Holy Quran on the floor in a fit of rage. The scene created a lot of controversy and the actress even received hate tweets for going ahead with the scene.

The show has been criticised by many for its problematic depiction of Islam since its 2011 debut. It has never been a stranger to controversy.

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“People forget that you're just expressing what's given to you to read on the script. Of course you take some responsibility for actually doing it, but it's a story,” Baccarin told HuffPost Live.

Baccarin is also starring in the latest Marvel film “Deadpool” that has Ryan Reynolds as the anti-hero. She did say that there were times during filming certain “Homeland” scenes where she knew there would be a strong backlash from viewers, particularly those scenes that hit “close to him,” as she put.

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"We're telling a story, and that is the beautiful thing about being on a show or a movie is you get to express something. But at times it was a little bit close to home, and you just kind of felt like, what's going to happen? Are people going to be upset about this? What can you do?,” Baccarin added.

However, Baccarin also praised the writers for tackling grave issues, even when they were divisive. She is proud as the writers never shied away from controversy and never cared what troubles they may land into.

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