[Marxism] A Quick Note on Borat

Wayne S. Rossi felianan at yahoo.com
Sun Nov 12 10:54:12 MST 2006

Aside from a few fleeting moments of candor (the rodeo scene where he talks about Bush drinking the blood of every man, woman and child in Iraq) and a few moments of genuine humor (mostly with the bear), Borat has precious little redeeming value.  Very little about the misogyny in the film points out actual women's oppression in the United States; ditto for the "racial" material, most of which is over the top jabbing at anti-Semitism -- not exactly a *bold* statement to make in the US today.  And honestly, even if the film was a political satire, it also goes to great lengths for scatological humor, which is more revolting than funny and undermines any deeper point.

Borat's not subversive.  It's politically almost tame, and culturally revolting.  The mainstream press gives it sufficient kudos, and if anything the Left should concentrate on a critique of why it falls so far short of being an effective political satire that is needed at this time and place.  (The same also goes for the utterly failed satire "Man of the Year.")

 - Wayne

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