Showtime Shows Homeland Is Racist Graffiti In Latest Episode

Posted: Oct 16 2015, 10:06am CDT | by , in News | Latest TV News

Showtime Shows Homeland is Racist Graffiti in Latest Episode
This wall reading "Homeland is racist" appears in the latest episode of "Homeland." / Courtesy of the Artists via The Washington Post
  • Television Series Homeland shows Self-Referential Racist Scrawl in Latest Episode

The television series Homeland showed a self-referential racist scrawl in its latest episode.

Showtime’s Homeland is a TV series that has gotten a lot of credit for its excellence in portraying the boiling cauldron that is the Middle East. And it also depicts the daily lives of Muslims in the region.

There have been some issues that people have with certain controversial points raised in the series. Yet the latest episode is suggestive of a little postmodern self-reflexivity. It shows the graffiti written on the wall in a scene. And the graffiti spells out the words “Homeland is Racist” in Arabic script.

As a Hezbollah member takes actress Claire Danes through a dilapidated ramshackle camp for the dispossessed in Syrian territory, the graffiti may be seen in the background. The story behind this interesting moment of double-take significance is interesting.

There was a trio of artists who prepared the graffiti for the set of Homeland in Berlin. But one of them decided to get a little creative and make a point with the graffiti that would matter in the long run. The fact that language is a subversive tool of the oppressed was used in the full sense of the word.

The three artists were approached by the administration of the show to paint some signs in vernacular Arabic as is often found on the buildings and monuments in the Middle East. But these artists were well aware of the prejudiced and bigoted attitude shown by the Western powers that be against many orientals.

Especially the knee jerk response shown towards Arabs, Pakistanis and Afghans is something which is dehumanizing and degrading beyond any other statistical game of semantics.

One of the artists who was named Amin told The Washington Post that the generally negative perception of such a large region of the world where there were living, breathing human beings just like you and me was simply not fair. It showed lack of understanding and shaped the West’s biased foreign policy.

The offbeat graffiti was a means of sabotaging the main message from within. Labeling someone as an enemy and then reacting to them as if there were no way they could be redeemed or negotiated with was not the way.

To seize the day and make a move that was against the status quo was what this gravity-resisting graffiti was all about. One of the persons behind the series said that since the TV program was itself out to change stereotypes, this new tactic by the artists was a welcome move. And yet the regret was there that the subversive move ought to have been caught before the series went on the air and got seen in so many living rooms across America.

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