This week, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" was nominated for an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay. The movie has drawn fire from some critics who argue that its satire on anti-Semitism — which shows the movie's clueless star character, Borat, asking a gun dealer which weapon would be best to defend against an attack by Jews and his belief that Jews can transform themselves into cockroaches — could be lost on some audiences and further dangerous stereotypes. The Anti-Defamation League's leaders worried that some "Borat" viewers "may even find it reinforcing their bigotry." But the league also recognized that Sacha Baron Cohen used the character to unmask anti-Semitism. Do you think this type of sophisticated satire, which repeats outrageous stereotypes, is valuable or do you think it causes more damage than it's worth?
Being Jewish, I am stealing time from poisoning wells in order to write this.