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Post Borat: Insulting, and a Waste of Time
Created by John Eipper on 10/29/20 6:04 AM

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Borat: Insulting, and a Waste of Time (Edward Jajko, USA, 10/29/20 6:04 am)

I saw, with considerable reluctance, the first Borat film, and found it insulting enough that I doubt that I will take advantage of this new one being available for free. The Kazakhs were deeply insulted by that first film; this time they have decided to go along with the joke. Why, I'll never know.

A serious problem I had with "Borat" is that, presumably assuming that American viewers wouldn't know any better, the character "Borat" and his travel companion spoke Hebrew (which Sacha Baron Cohen is fluent in) rather than the Kazakh form of Turkish, or even Russian. The thought I had was, how stupid do they think we are? And why would the Kazakhs not raise the roof?

Further, many of the actions of "Borat" in that first film and allegedly in the second, based on spoiler information in newspaper articles, are presumably not what one would expect from Muslims. I am really surprised that Kazakh officialdom has given in and not protested in the strongest possible way. Can one imagine what would happen if, say, a Kazakh movie company were to make a hilariously funny, satirical spoof, about an Israeli who is ignorant of Central Asian mores and people, and goes traipsing around Kazakhstan, making fools of its people and officials? How quickly would the ADL be on the case?

Why in the world does anyone think Sasha Baron Cohen is a) funny, b) a satirist, c) worth wasting time on?

JE comments: Ed, Borat also does some phrases in Polish. See his "official" response to Giuliani, below:


As for religion, Borat gives no indication he is a Muslim, beyond his virulent anti-Semitism.  This is likely a conscious decision.   For example, in Borat II he is seen eating pork.

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