Friday, October 13, 2006

 

INFIDEL OF THE DAY: Sacha Baron Cohen

The star of Da Ali G Show, Sacha Baron Cohen, has a new movie coming out in early November featuring everyone's favorite Central Asian reporter, Borat: :Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. The movie has received rave reviews from all 12 reviewers at Rotten Tomatoes. Leslie Felperin of Variety calls it an "uproariously funny mockumentary." Felperin continues:
The Borat character reps Cohen at his best. As with Ali G, Borat's modus operandi is to set himself up as a journalist and interview or interact with unsuspecting folk, asking them provocative questions that either shock or embarrass them, or, in some cases, prompt them to reveal their own prejudices.

Borat reps a comically distorted third-world country bumpkin whose intentionally backward attitudes have offended some critics and organizations, although Cohen (who is Jewish) insists the humor is ironic, and that part of his strategy is to expose bigotry and conformity.

The movie has already drawn the ire of Kazak officials, making Cohen's recent press conference and antics in Washington to promote the movie even more hilarious:
Jagshemash, my name Borat Sagdiyev. I would like comment on recent advertisements on television and in media about my nation of Kazakhstan, saying that women are treated equally, and that all religions are tolerated - these are disgusting fabrications. These claims are part of a propoganda campaign against our country by evil nitwits Uzbekistan - who as we all know are a very nosey people, with a bone in the middle of their brain.
Check out the video of the press conference and lots more at Borat.tv.

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