12/20/2012 05:46 pm ET Updated Dec 23, 2012

Is 'Homeland' Islamophobic? The Debate About Showtime's Critically Acclaimed Series (VIDEO)

Is "Homeland" Islamophobic? The critically acclaimed Showtime drama has sparked a debate about its portrayal of Muslims.

Some believe that the show -- which follows former US Marine Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) after he held hostage by terrorists while serving in the Middle East -- reinforces negative stereotypes.

On HuffPost Live this week, The Huffington Post's Executive Arts and Entertainment Editor Mike Hogan -- who recaps "Homeland" for HuffPost TV -- sat down to discuss the claim that "Homeland," paints Muslims in a negative light.

He was joined by Laila Al-Arian, who wrote a piece for Salon that called "Homeland" TV's most Islamophobic show, and Tablet's Zach Novetsky, whose satirical counter-argument dismisses such claims.

"We are told from message after message that the show delivers, that [Brody] a terrorist simply because he embraced the Muslim faith during eight years of captivity," Al-Arian said.

Watch a clip from the segment above (and in full below) and let us know what you think in the comments: Is "Homeland" Islamophobic? Is it anti-semitic? Or is it neither?


CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Novetsky's article genuinely argued that "Homeland" is anti-Semitic; it does not. We regret the error.