Borat make controversy


t’s not every day you get to put the star of "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" on the editorial page, but I managed it in this morning’s paper.

The thin excuse I used was the letter to the editor that touched — and indirectly, at that — on the subject on today’s page. I inserted a mug shot derived as a detail from the above photo. I hereby reproduce the full-length image for the benefit of you ladies out there — or at least, the really hard-up ladies.

I saw the movie over the weekend. It may be the funniest of the year, although it’s not for the easily offended. It’s not even for the moderately sensitive, for that matter. Come to think of it, it’s not all that tough to be the funniest movie around when one scene features the protagonist wrestling naked with a really hairy fat guy.

Anyway, have any of y’all seen it? What did you think?

8 thoughts on “Borat make controversy

  1. Spencer Gantt

    I didn’t see it. I won’t see it. It probably sucks as most modern day “movies” do IMHO. But, those who want to see it should, and if they like it — so be it. Lots, LOTS of money in the till for “BORAT” and crew. It’s as P.T.Barnum said.

  2. bill

    I’ve seen him on TV pushing the flick and find him as annoying as Robin Williams.The critics I trust say the movie is not so much offensive as it is unfunny.They’re “hailing” Cohen as the new Tom Green.

  3. Brad Warthen

    Oh, lighten up, people. Y’all are as nose-to-the-grindstone as Cindi Scoppe. SHE should start a blog, and then y’all could all be serious together all the time.
    Come on — any comments from anyone who has SEEN the movie?

  4. Capital A

    Spencer, most movies EVER made are crap. The ones that persist from the past seem better than today’s because they did just that…lived on…and are remembered en masse. All hail, TCM and AMC, by the way.
    Cohen’s act wears thin. I watched every minute of the Ali G show, and it’s funny on an absurdist, post-modernistic level. It grows stale and ultimately tailspins into endless poop jokes, though. That stuff is only rarely considered consistently funny outside of backwaters like Clemson.
    In other words, it’s not timeless humor like the Marx Brothers (who did it more subtly in Duck Soup), but few comedies rarely are.
    Your time would be better spent watching the full seasons of The Office (American version) which is timeless in its audience appeal and subtle derision of and affection for its characters. Cohen’s humor lacks heart and, as such, dies as quickly as one might expect.

  5. chrisw

    Borat…is great. Far and away the funiest movie I have ever seen.
    Have a beer, stroll over and see it. Wear depends…

  6. AndyShep

    The Khazakstani Ambassador to the US has expressed the fact that the people of Kazakhstan find the movie offensive. Kazakhstan has been a pivotal ally for the United States in the fight against terrorism and in our conflict in Afghanistan. Sacha Cohen’s comedy seems to portray a world filled with anti-Semitism so he is portraying himself as a victim, but he seems to be perfectly comfortable victimizing others in the process. The Khazakhs have been portrayed as stupid and incestuous, if Cohen had portrayed a stupid and incestuous Jewish Character that would have received a very different response from the press.

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