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Borat–Archie Bunker or Andy Kaufman?

Rabbi Grossman and some of our respondents worry that the character of Borat will be taken as anti-Kazakh, which in turn triggers a mind-numbing satiric chain to untangle: a Jew mocking Kazakhs mocking Jews…

In fact, one of the most salient aspects of Baron Cohen’s performance is that he rarely gives an interview out of character, appearing in the media as Borat to the point that he routinely refuses to grant interviews to female and Jewish interviewers. (Apparently he’s willing to make an exception for Jon Stewart–even Borat’s not that dumb.)

Pushing his persona one step further heightens the absurdities of identity politics that Baron Cohen is looking to highlight. As Ali G would say, “Is it because I is black?”



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Lisa K. Watson-Hill

posted November 2, 2006 at 4:03 pm


I have adopted a child from Kazackhstan and thus feel some small bond with that nation. I just want to comment that Kaz has had a long history under the Soviets and prior of being controlled by outsiders and having their own culture belittled and ridiculed. Yes, Mr. Cohen is satirist and yes there is much about what he says that rings true. BUT the sarcasm and snideness are what sting the Kazackh people as they are trying so hard to stand against such punitive history to celebrate and be proud of their culture. Please remind folks that any people so oppressed are not yet ready to laugh at themselves, no matter how good the joke.



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Iama

posted November 2, 2006 at 4:04 pm


I dont think Jews need another Jew beating himself up for fame and fortune. their is nothing funny about self hatred and further more all the people who already hate Jew’s are enjoing this. Welcome to planet Earth!.



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Iama

posted November 2, 2006 at 4:04 pm


I dont think Jews need another Jew beating himself up for fame and fortune. their is nothing funny about self hatred and further more all the people who already hate Jew’s are enjoing this. Welcome to planet Earth!.



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kauko15

posted November 2, 2006 at 8:38 pm


Iama, I think you’ve missed the point. Cohen is not self hating, he’s exposing the ridiculousness of other’s bigotry and prejudice.



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kauko15

posted November 2, 2006 at 8:38 pm


Iama, I think you’ve missed the point. Cohen is not self hating, he’s exposing the ridiculousness of other’s bigotry and prejudice.



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windbender

posted November 2, 2006 at 11:20 pm


Exactly so, kauko15. He points up how far folks will go to accomodate extremes and the danger in us all that is to be found in not wanting to stand out as the one that says, “Hey, wait a moment…that’s not right.” It’s why we are looking at almost three thousand dead Americans while Iraq is no more peaceful and safe today than it was the day before we showed up to make it so.



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david toub

posted November 3, 2006 at 1:21 am


I think Borat/Cohen is a genius. He’s exposing anti-semitism while also mocking it, much as Lenny Bruce did in his routines. Offensive—probably. But brilliant comedy and social commentary—definitely.



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david toub

posted November 3, 2006 at 1:21 am


I think Borat/Cohen is a genius. He’s exposing anti-semitism while also mocking it, much as Lenny Bruce did in his routines. Offensive—probably. But brilliant comedy and social commentary—definitely.



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william clyde

posted November 13, 2006 at 7:46 am


revelation chapter 16 verse 13,14,,i saw 3 unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the beast the 3 spirits are demons working miracles,decieving the leaders of the earth.frog mythology around the world is about witchcraft,and fertility sexual rites,the book of exodus the frogs were egyptian frog gods,that were homosexual frog gods,each of the plagues against egypt were against egyptian gods,revelation,the 3 frog spirits are homosexual demons,deceiving the leaders,dove symbology is HOLY SPIRIT,sacrifice,lamb symbology is JESUS,frogs are witchcraft,homosexuality,today the witches are united,with homosexuality to attack christianity.revelation is about to be fullfilled



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william clyde

posted November 13, 2006 at 7:46 am


revelation chapter 16 verse 13,14,,i saw 3 unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the beast the 3 spirits are demons working miracles,decieving the leaders of the earth.frog mythology around the world is about witchcraft,and fertility sexual rites,the book of exodus the frogs were egyptian frog gods,that were homosexual frog gods,each of the plagues against egypt were against egyptian gods,revelation,the 3 frog spirits are homosexual demons,deceiving the leaders,dove symbology is HOLY SPIRIT,sacrifice,lamb symbology is JESUS,frogs are witchcraft,homosexuality,today the witches are united,with homosexuality to attack christianity.revelation is about to be fullfilled



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