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The hit television series “Homeland” has been accused of Islamophobia since its first season on American television.

There are views on both sides. See for example, “Homeland is the most bigoted show on television“. Also see also “Homeland is not Islamophobic despite what some critics claim“.

The series made news while shooting season 5 in Berlin. Local Arabs, asked by the show’s producers to paint background graffita on a wall in Arabic, scribbled “Homeland is racist”. For more on that, see this story in the Guardian: “Homeland is racist: artists sneak subversive graffiti on to TV show“.

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Hollywood: American Propaganda?

Posted: November 12, 2016 in Uncategorized

fb_shareCritics claim that Hollywood films like American Sniper are American propaganda that promote U.S. interests globally. Others claim these films are simply narratives based on real events.

On Hollywood vs ISIS, see this article in The Economist: “A War of Narratives“. On the case of Hollywood film American Sniper, see “American Sniper decried as propaganda“.

Movies: Hollywood Imperialism

Posted: November 5, 2016 in Uncategorized

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See this article in the New York Times: “Hollywood Works to Maintain its World Dominance“.

On the trend towards blockbuster comic book and action films, see “Why Hollywood is caught in the blockbuster trap” and “The Rise and Fall of the Comic Book Movie“. The summer movie season in 2016 was not a good one for Hollywood. See “The 2016 summer movie season was a bust“.

Much has been written about the Bollywood movie industry in India. See this article for a quick timeline on the history of Bollywood movies. On the global commercialization of Bollywood movies, see this article Is Bollywood Coming to Hollywood. For a critique of Bollywood films, see this article: “The Bollywood Conundrum.

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This article about HBO’s ambitious series “Westworld” asks a question about genres: “Can Westworld do for science fiction what Game of Thrones did for fantasy?”

Cultures of Beauty

Posted: October 16, 2016 in Uncategorized

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American journalist Esther Honig asked Photoshop editors around the world to edit her face according to the beauty standards of their country. The result was a project called “Before and After”. Also, here are the results of another project called Perceptions of Perfection.

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This article in the Guardian suggests that the cultural obsession with “fair” complexions in India is not due only to Western media influence, but also to the country’s caste system. Some believe it’s a “colonial hangup” after British rule.  See “Skin tone jibs against actor spark Indian debate over prejudice”.  

The article notes: “Virtually every chemist in Delhi stocks shelves of products such as Fair & Lovely, a powder or cream that is claimed to lighten a woman’s skin tone, and which its maker says helps consumers “get the confidence to pursue their dreams and ambition. Western companies such as Lancôme and L’Oréal have muscled into the market with their own skin-whitening creams, keen for a slice of a global industry projected to be worth about $23bn (£18bn) within four years.”