Borat: puppets on a string
- Borat: puppets on a string
There were only 2 scenes in Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for
Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan that were truly funny IMHO
and only one of them even vaguely original.
1/ Borat Sagdiyev buys an icecream truck to cross the US in search of
his true love Pamela Anderson, a Baywatch bimbo. He buys a bear to
protect him and then going through a suburb can't turn the icecream
music off. Children run to the truck, the back window opens by chance
and the bear lunges at them, growling fiercely and terrifying the
2/ At what appears to be an unscripted autograph session for Pamela in
a shopping mall, Borat proposes marriage, throws a sack over her head,
is wrestled to the ground by security guards, magically frees himself
and chases Pamela across the parking lot, shouting his eternal love.
But the first is merely clever, and the second was in fact scripted.
Anderson and Cohen are old friends and have pulled pranks before. Last
year, a 'commitment ceremony' between her golden retriever, Star, and
Chihuahua, Luca, was crashed by Cohen in a Borat segment for his 'Da
Ali G. Show.'
Others weren't so lucky. Feminist Linda Stein was told she was being
interviewed about the plight of women, only to hear Borat call
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice a 'chocolate lady.' She and others
were paid a few hundred dollars and made to sign waivers against
claims for 'offensive behavior.' But some lawyers feel the waivers may
be null and void because of the deception.
Borat in the movie is a native not of Kazakhstan, but of Glod (meaning
'mud'), Romania (the natives are suing him too). There is nothing
remotely Kazakh about the people there who are Roma (Gypsy), as is the
music throughout the movie, the geography and climate. Even the
credits are not in Kazakh, but Russian - lazy editing. [Or maybe it
doesn't really matter - we are his willing dupes in any case.] Apart
from Pamela, Borat conned his many unwitting costars into signing
these waivers which will likely do the trick in the face of
'impartial' US justice. He speaks with an amateurish Italian accent,
constantly says thank you in Polish (dziękuję), and his sidekick seems
to be speaking some east European language (as opposed to Borat's
So the movie is really just about Sacha Cohen, i.e., traditional
Ashkenazi/ Polish humour, hiding behind a purportedly Muslim
character, the last minority acceptable as a butt of jokes because it
is our official enemy. I.e., it is deeply reactionary, not at all
brave, despite its scenes of nudity and patina of risque 'stretching
the limits'. Interestingly, the words 'Muslim' and 'Islam' are not
even heard in the film, though 'Jew' figures prominently throughout.
I.e., this is Ashkenazi humour claiming to speak on behalf of world
I constantly marvelled while watching it: What torture to make such a
film, continually provoking anger and disgust in simple, trusting
people and making fools of them. How can he live with himself?
There are 2 cryptic J political statements that indeed shocked me, but
for the 'wrong' reasons:
1/ Borat's sidekick warns that Jews were responsible for 911, and the
duo pretends to fear poisoning by their Jewish bed-and-breakfast
hosts. (We are shown their art gallery of old-fashion Ashkenazi
portraits, i.e., yet more J content.)
2/ A frat partyer argues that minorities, including Jews, have more
rights than the majority in America.
These loaded claims are portrayed as ridiculous prejudices which we,
the audience, of course dismiss.
Interestingly, despite being an orthodox Jew, Cohen managed to evoke
criticism as being anti-semitic, i.e., anti-Jewish, presumably because
of these statements and other scenes, such as the traditional 'running
of the Jew' in his native Glod, where an ugly Jewish puppet lays a
huge egg which children proceed to smash to Borat's urgings.
But our willing acceptance of this obsessive focus on Jews and
supposed anti-Jewish prejudice merely shows how masterly we have been
taken in, how deeply controlled we are by philo-Jewish prejudice. The
crowd at the rodeo, where Borat sings the US national anthem to
nonsense words praising Kazakhstan, first accept his rant about 'the
war for terror' and finally boo him to drown out his insulting
rendition of the anthem. He manages to show them as inferior at the
same time as he tricks us (supposedly superior to these yokels) into
buying his philo-Jewish reality. Jewish cultural hypnosis is sooo
powerful that Borat can mouth truths which we trained seals
automatically reject as shocking prejudices.
It's really a dare: 1/ 'We did mastermind 911 and got away with it.
2/ 'We really do control western discourse and get away with it. Just
try to stop us.'
3/ 'Look at yourselves incarnate in Borat. Deep down, you're really
just subhuman bigots like him. We Jews really are the master race and
can do with you as we like.'
Remove the supposed Kazakh facade and you see the Ashken-nazi. It's
eerie how often Borat is shown nude or semi-nude, his ugly, awkward
body a metaphor for the ugly reality that Ashkenazi hegemony presents
to the world, disguised as something else.
'Mr Jesus' comes in for special ridicule as Borat crashes a
pentecostal revival meeting and grabs the microphone, asking if Jesus
can secure him his beloved Pamela.
Despite Borat's reference to blacks as 'chocolates', they come off
well in his attempts to mock them, maybe because they are just too far
beyond ridicule for Borat/Cohen to trick. Maybe because they suffered
(and still do suffer) very real and far more vicious racism in America
than Jews ever did, putting them beyond his range of fire. Cohen even
ends up marrying an (albeit fat, unattractive) black prostitute and
brings her back to Glod or whatever nonsensical name Cohen gives the
unfortunate Roma village he so mercilessly parodies.
Fascinating the variations on this cruel mockery, sense of racial
superiority and talent for global manipulation for which Jews are
rightly renowned. This film, which will be seen around the world to
great applause despite its infantile, manipulative 'humour'. And of
course the way Izzy (sorry, 'Israel') tortures and provokes hatred
from its Palestinian neighbours and Muslims in general.
The zio (sorry, 'Zionist') project, with Borat as a fitting metaphor,
aims to provoke and divide its enemies, keep them angry, irrational
and divided. To play cruel and mocking games with them as it pushes
for greater and greater hegemony over them - over us all, both
physically and spiritually.
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