MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The production of a controversial HBO show in a Minneapolis apartment building will not be moving forward as planned, following a vote from the building’s resident council.

The show, titled “Mogadishu, Minnesota,” is described a “family drama” grappling with what it means to be American among the Somali community in Minnesota.

Producers hoped to film part of the show at the Cedar High Apartment complex at 1627 6th Street, which is owned by the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority (MPHA). The MPHA Board of Commissioners, after hearing from producers and community members on the planned production, approved the plan to film at the location, given the building’s resident council approved the plan as well.

On Wednesday afternoon, that resident council unanimously voted by secret ballot against allowing HBO crews to film in the building.

The local Somali community has been divided on the show, and whether to film it in Minneapolis. Some in the community say it would reinforce negative stereotypes about terrorism among Somalis in Minnesota. Others say the show — written and directed by Somali-Canadian rapper K’naan — could tell a more complex story about the community.

Comments (3)
  1. Dan Mack says:

    Good news for all alien non-citizen Somali terrorists: In response to your resident council demands; Minneapolis Public Housing Authority has modified it’s policies to allow holding your subsidized section 8 town-home or welfare tower suite rent-free while you are home overseas for El-kida, Isis or El-shskabob training and or other “personal business” for periods exceeding one calendar month or thirty consecutive days. Although your monthly welfare payments cannot as yet be sent overseas, you may pick them up immediately upon your return to the USA. Homeless US citizens and their children including homeless US armed forces veterans will be kept on waiting lists and not allowed to rent your units while you are at home overseas tending to what is important to you. We now pay your fare both ways for each round trip when you Go Home.

  2. Mike Coxin says:

    Sure wouldn’t want to show those living off the gubberment teet with their 75 inch 4k tvs.

    1. Tom Evenstad says:

      Spot in Mike. I agree whole heartedly. Who is selling them the Ak 475’s anyway? I thought aliens could own automatic fire arms. Oh my. Well anyway, I am glad that you are watching this. We don’t need more Somali’s here and watering down the welfare for us white folks. As a gay man yourself I am sure you can understand the need to protect our resources for those of us, such as yourself, who need them the most.

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