The fifth season of “Homeland” is currently airing on Showtime, and for the most part, we feel like it’s doing a pretty good job of throwing Carrie Mathison and company back once more into chaos. Sure, this is a position that she has found herself in many times before, but part of the magic of this show (if you can really call it magic anyway) is how they manage to continue to draw headlines … even when they don’t intend to.
This is what brings us to the video below, which is some pretty pointed commentary from Stephen Colbert on a subject matter that has drawn some attention over the past couple of days. You see, “Homeland” chose to hire a graffiti artist to make a scene featuring Claire Danes’ character appear all the more authentic. However, they chose to use this opportunity to write “Homeland is racist” rather than anything else.
Colbert’s take is pretty funny, and the good news at least for the show is that they are attempting to take all of this in stride. Here’s what showrunner Alex Gansa had to say on the subject to Deadline:
“We wish we’d caught these images before they made it to air. However, as Homeland always strives to be subversive in its own right and a stimulus for conversation, we can’t help but admire this act of artistic sabotage.”
Is there anything to the artist’s claim? While we do think that “Homeland” could at times do more to present more positive Muslin characters, at the same exact time they probably do more in this space than the majority of other American TV shows.
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