O.K., so I haven't seen the movie, but I've seen the schtick and read about the film, and feel more than ready to speak truth to power. Or take a stab at it. I was spurred to speak out by a cyberpal who wrote
I took that up in comments, but I think the issue I raised is post-worthy and idiosyncratic enough that I want to own and offer it to Murky Thoughts visitors--you naive, crazy and/or random misdirected few. I'm copying and pasting those comments below. Note that by "BC" I mean Sacha Baron Cohen, the artist/reporter/mockumentarian who plays and sometimes misrepresents himself as Borat.
Borat was hilarious. I had never caught much of the Ali G Show, but I understood the concept and knew K-rock and others are big fans. There is talk of how it is mean or offensive, or what have you, but all I have to say for it for now is that it makes a pretty funny statement about, if nothing else, people's true feelings. For example, at the rodeo, when Borat tells the man that in his country they string gays up, and the man replies that "we're trying to get that done here too" it's funny because there are a million people like that man, which is not funny.
In the future maybe I'll blog about why I think movies like "Best in Show," in which it's just actors in character who we scorn and laugh at, are "mean." Basically, I think they pander to and encourage a base tendency we ought to learn to resist (seeing people as irredeemable ).
P.S. Everybody know Sacha Baron is brother to superstar neuroscientist Simon Baron Cohen? I wish I'd just guessed it, and long ago, but I just read it in the New Yorker.