[Marxism] Counterpunch critique of Borat

Mark Lause MLause at cinci.rr.com
Fri Nov 10 16:56:18 MST 2006


I'll probably not go after getting your take on it.  I've honestly been on
the face and feeling very little about it either way.

Most of the humor--pranking the unwitting--is like fingernails on a
blackboard for me.  I may well laugh...even boisterously...but it's always
painful...and I never walk away from it feeling comfortable about it.  The
clips I've seen have all been like that.  And I don't know if I really want
to know how easy it is to get a crowd in Arizona singing about throwing the
Jews down the well.

That can't be good...

Frankly, the entire thing strikes me as a kind of eastern European minstrel
show.  Of course, the minstrel shows were never simple vilifications of
African-Americans and often provided a vehicle for some humor transcending
race, some telling social criticisms and even cultural observations.  On
balance, though, I think the negatives far outweigh the positives.

Mark L.

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