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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

As Eustacia says, now I feel bad for laughing


I've prepared a little chart to illustrate what it's okay to make fun of:

The racism of American frat boys

OKAY!

The poverty of Rumanian peasants (while not paying them shit)

NOT OKAY

The homophobia of rodeo performers

OKAY!

The disability of a one-armed man

NOT OKAY



It's kind of surprising that Sacha Baron Cohen didn't get that.

(I know I objected to PC criticism of this very film's humor within the last week. Whatever. Call me a hypocrite. I just think there's a difference between embarrassing people by showing what they actually said and outright misrepresenting them. I honestly thought that village was a Hollywood set. And how hard would it have been to find a village A) with the right look and B) desperate enough to accept being distorted--with full consent--in exchange for, I don't know, a little more than six bucks a head? How about $50 each? For a village of 1,000 that's $50,000, a quarter of a percent of the movie's $18 million budget.)

5 Comments:

  • At 3:25 PM, Blogger Emma B said…

    Antid, I agree with your chart. The scenes in Borat's native land add little to the movie and made me cringe. It is surprising that he didn't get it. But overall, stateside, I though he did a remarkable job of NOT being particularly mean while eliciting some pretty remarkable scenes all over our lovely country. I mean the elite of the south at the dinner party came off pretty well despite being presented with a napkin full of poo at the dinner table, as did the etiqitte coach when shown naked pictures of borats "son."

     
  • At 6:01 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Fox should really send some funds to Glod. It's pretty horrendous.

    However:

    But feelings in Glod are running so high that The Mail on Sunday saw angry villagers brandishing farm implements chase out a local TV crew, shouting that they had enough of being exploited.

    That's a bit funny.

     
  • At 2:25 AM, Blogger Emma B said…

    Well, it might be funny, if they weren't so familiar with mob formations from being attacked my the proverbial torch bearing crowd all the time. Did you see that NYT article about the gypsy family getting run out of their home in Slovenia? It was pretty disgusting.

     
  • At 12:02 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Er, yikes. No, didn't see that. I only skimmed that article, didn't catch the part that they were gypsies.

    Gypsies/roma are openly despised by everyone in Europe. Everyone from every group unabashedly mocks/acts cruel to them. It's a bit unnerving.

    I finally saw Borat. Didn't really love it. A few chuckles, but a lot of it was pretty predictable, perhaps because I saw it post-hype (though I avoided any direct descriptions of the jokes). There were some funny moments, for sure, though. If it had been condensed into 30 minutes of the best stuff it would have been brilliant.

     
  • At 12:04 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    A common word for stupid in London is pikey, which just means gypsy. Everyone from all walks of life uses it. For example.

     

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