Hi, need to submit a 2500 words paper on the topic Television as Social and Political Propaganda. Homeland can be considered to be essentially anti-Muslim propaganda because, despite the peaceful nature of Islam, its portrayal in the series paints it in an opposite light. that of terrorism and violence. For the most part, this series looks upon Muslims as terrorists. a depiction that is not accurate because only a small percentage of Muslims in the world are even sympathetic to acts of terrorism. All of the antagonists in the series are Muslims and they are portrayed as being brutal individuals who hold Nick Brody captive for eight years and some of the scenes show the latter undergoing immense torture at the hands of his captors. The numerous flashbacks that are shown in almost all episodes of the series depict Muslims in an essentially biased manner. showing them either torturing their captives or praying. The fact that this depiction is not accurate is not taken into consideration by the series’ producers and directors because it does not show Muslims as normal human beings, capable of love as well as hurt (Ahmad 2317). Therefore, through the portrayal of Muslims of individuals who only pray and commit violent acts, it is implied that Islam is a religion of terrorism. As the series progresses, it is discovered that Brody is actually a terrorist and this is although he had been held captive and undergone torture for eight years, Brody is seen as a man who transforms from being a marine into a terrorist as a consequence of his having changed religions from Christianity to Islam. This situation is aimed at showing that terrorism is associated with Islam as a religion. ensuring that its audience is bombarded with images of Islamophobia to such an extent that they come to believe it.
The Islamophobia and racism within Homeland are shown in both open and subtle ways. Among these are in the scenes where the CIA seeks to prioritize the surveillance of individuals to ensure the capture of the main antagonist in the series, Abu Nazir. It is declared that the people who will be focused on the most are those who are dark-skinned. implying that these are the people who are most likely to commit acts of terrorism or to associate with terrorists.