Thursday, October 25, 2012

'Homeland,' Obama’s Show

Joseph Massad
(Joseph Massad is Associate Professor of Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History at Columbia Uni)
The award winning TV show does little to alleviate the myths and misconceptions about Arabs and Muslims, writes author. 

If in the 1970s, American children were taught on the American children’s TV program “Sesame Street” that the word “danger” connotes “Arabs” by showing a drawing of an Arab with a headdress next to the word, a more recent and very popular American program titled “Homeland” hardly deviates from this formula, except to add that Arabs are so dangerous that even all-American White men can be corrupted by them and become equally dangerous to America. That Homeland (broadcast on the Showtime cable channel) is an American adaptation of an Israeli series titled Hatufim (Hostages) that airs on Israeli television station Channel 2 will surprise no one.
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