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And Speaking of the Elders of Zion. . .
My friend Joel, whom I mentioned yesterday, gets quoted to excellent effect in this Steven Rosen piece for the Denver Post on the film Borat:
Cohen's satiric target may well be conservative America and its anti-Semitism, believes Joel Schalit, managing editor of the liberal Jewish magazine Tikkun. And in "Borat," he may be drawing from world history to get at it. "I see a film like 'Borat' as a very roundabout, tongue-in-cheek way of exploring that," Schalit said.

A parallel can be drawn between Cohen's imaginary Kazakhstan and the early 20th-century Russian peasants who accepted the fraudulent, anti-Semitic "Protocols of Zion" (which told of a Jewish plot to run the world) as truth and staged pogroms.

"By evoking that example, Cohen's timing couldn't be better," Schalit said. "There remains a populist strand of anti-Semitism in the U.S. that is the parallel of pre-Bolshevik Russian anti-Semitism. And it's emanating from the quarters of the religious right."
Clearly, it's a good time to be a political audio collage artist who is also an expert on Critical Theory and a "homeless conscience in a post-everything world."

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From: e4q Date: November 5th, 2006 12:46 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
i don't know how he can do all the stuff he does. it requires a hell of a lot of gall. even his ali g thing was edgy sometimes - is it because i is black? to a british policeman was just wild. i don't know if you have 'wiggers' in the us, but there is a weird phenomenon of white people pretending to be black here, which he pushed to an extraordinary level.
i find the borat stuff unwatchable, he is so fearless it makes me feel like he is putting his life on the line - not something you can usually say about comedians, but then, he has gone further than comedy here, much further.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 5th, 2006 04:01 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I find him hard to watch for exactly the same reason. I think I want to see the movie before our elections here, though.
From: e4q Date: November 5th, 2006 11:37 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 5th, 2006 11:43 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
He has been doing a great job of staying in character on talk shows here.
From: e4q Date: November 6th, 2006 08:59 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
even when he was first doing ali g he managed to get up people's noses. a lot of politicians etc are totally unaware of popular culture so he had his interviewees really going for a long time, even when he was really popular with 'real' people, and he never broke character.
what he is doing is so radical, and it has that complexity thing the french are into, so much more twisty and gripping than someone going on a show and saying 'racism is bad, and anti semitism still exists'.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 6th, 2006 01:53 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Absolutely. You can see some pretty great clips from his promotional tour for Borat on YouTube.
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