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IN THEORY:Is 'Borat's' satire valuable?

January 27, 2007

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.

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Because I am Jewish, I routinely employ shady practices to connive against the unsuspecting; I greedily worship at the altar of the almighty dollar; I am clannish and more loyal to Israel than to America. Satan is my father, hence the horns which I artfully conceal. I belong to a people that manipulates the economies of nations, engineers all wars, and is intent on international domination. I am not only chimerical but a parasite attacking the host culture. My ancestors killed Christ, and my Israeli cousins persecute the poor defenseless Palestinians. Oh, yes, did I mention that my forebears committed ritual murder and once imported the bubonic bacillus into Europe?

I am, therefore, stunned that "Borat" was produced. After all, my people control Hollywood, and it is counter-productive to confirm these truths — known by all Jewish people — that we try to keep hidden from Gentiles. It is tantamount to a magician revealing the secret behind levitations. How did this film, which bares the fact of Jewish malevolence, slip by the all-powerful Jewish cabal that commands American media?

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