Saturday, September 16, 2006

high five!

Everyday I try to write something witty and/or insightful for you the reader to observe and more often than not it changes your world. This is my opinion and a fact. As such it is in my humble opinion that the new Ali G movie "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" is going to be the greatest film in the history of motion picture. Um, next to Back to the Future II.

While the movie isn't out yet (it's been pre-screened to great reviews) the pure brilliant basis for this grandiose statement is that the current publicity campaign is fantastic. For example, this is an except of a description of Sasha Cohen's arrival, in character, at the Toronto Film Festival, "Borat arrived at the screening in a mule cart dragged by four peasant women." Can you imagine this scene at the Oscars? There, I said it. Imagine it. Go on now, it's not hard. Imagining is free. reports that with the impending mainstream release of the film, the government of Kazakhstan is considering buying ad time in the U.S. to educate Americans about the "real Kazakhstan." Borat's response, he says he "fully supports my government's decision to sue this Jew." Which is bizarrely funny since Sasha Cohen himself was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family.

If all of this sounds too funny, then it is. The funny thing is that being brown I think I should be having a bit more sensitivity to the whole thing. Being Kazakhstani and having people think you're weirdly backwards sucks. It is akin to growing up listening to messed up portrayals of Indians on TV and in movies. How many times were you asked by kids at school whether Indians really eat monkey brains after seeing Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom?

...and yet....

How can you not laugh to a guy who defends Kazakhstan as being modern by stating "Since the 2003 Tuleyakiv reforms, Kazakhstan is as civilized as any other country in the world. Women can now travel on inside of bus, homosexuals no longer have to wear blue hats and age of consent has been raised to eight years old." This my friends, is comedic genious.

The movie opens on November 3rd...

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