[Marxism] RE: Ali G

Mine Doyran mine.doyran at verizon.net
Wed Jul 21 12:55:14 MDT 2004

Good point, actually.

Any discussion of rap music in Britain deserves a different examination from
the one that exists in the U.S. Any specialists on British rap or popular
music? Since Ali G is a product of British humor.


Mine A. Doyran
Doctoral Candidate
Department of Political Science
Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
University at Albany, S.U.N.Y.
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Albany, NY 12222
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Einde O'Callaghan" <einde at gmx.de>
To: "Activists and scholars in Marxist tradition"
<marxism at lists.econ.utah.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, July 21, 2004 2:36 PM
Subject: Re: [Marxism] RE: Ali G

> loupaulsen at comcast.net wrote:
> <snip>
> >
> > I admit to being very suspicious of any routine that depends for its
humor on a white man dressing up as a Black stereotype.  This was the basis
of the Amos 'n' Andy radio show, and of "minstrel" shows for that matter,
and they got a lot of laughs in their time too, and their critics (if any)
were probably also accused of being humorless PC twits..
> >
> I think this is missing the whole point. Ali G isn't a parody of a black
> man but of a white man who is a would-be black man. There is a big
> difference and such pathetic types do actually exist in Britain -
> although not perhaps in quite the extreme form presented by Sascha Cohen.
> Be that as it may the joke can get a bit tedious with repetition - but
> on the other hand he does get some absolutely amazing admissions live on
> camera out of all sorts of right wingers who like to pose as being in
> the mainstream.
> Einde O'Callaghan
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