[Marxism] RE: Ali G

David Quarter davidquarter at sympatico.ca
Thu Jul 22 23:23:47 MDT 2004

From:           	Einde O'Callaghan <einde at gmx.de>

> David Quarter wrote:
> > If you consider an Arab person a "white man", then Ali G. is certainly 
> > a parody of a "white man who is would-be black man". 
> > 
> Sascha Baron Cohen isn't an Arab - as his name should make clear.>>>>

 Exactly my point! He's Jewish, not Arab, yet takes on an Arab 
name for his character.

Without question, if the tables were turned, i.e., if an Arab guy 
came up with, say,  a character called Moshe the Rabbi, we all 
know what type of stir that would create. 

Whether it was his intention to be or not (though I imagine not), 
coming up with character called Ali G.  is an unavoidably political 
act and, I dare say, racist. 

I agree with everything below...


> > 
> No it's not pathetic for a white guy to act black - but some of these 
> white guys from the suburbs are quite pathetic - mainly because they 
> miss the point and pick up a stereotype.
> Quite a lot of white youth fashion in Britain over the years has had its 
> roots in the Afro-Caribbean community (without necessarily poaying on 
> stereotypes) - even the original ska-loving skinheads of the 1960s 
> (before the skinheads became identified with right-wing violence) were 
> copying the close-cropped hairstyle that was fashionable among the ska 
> and early reggae groups from the West Indies at the time, e.g. Desmond 
> Dekker, as a consciously working class reaction to the long-haired 
> hippies who were identified (by them) as middle class.
> Einde O'Callaghan

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