City slicker

The Washington Times Weekly - - Culture, Etc. -

“ ‘Bo­rat’ is of­ten hailed, by con­ser­va­tives and lib­er­als alike as a muck­raker. In [Sacha Baron Co­hen’s] new movie, he comes to Amer­ica, pos­ing as a Kazakh jour­nal­ist and mak­ing misog­y­nist and anti-Semitic com­ments in front of un­sus­pect­ing by­standers. Some­times, they sim­ply agree with him. [. . .]

“Bo­rat is un­will­ing to seek out anti-Semitism wher­ever it lies, in­stead keep­ing his back­ward­ness, and es­pe­cially his thoughts on Jews, to rural ar­eas. [. . .]

“This dis­dain for rural ar­eas per­vades the comic’s work, and it’s com­ple­mented with a re­fusal to un­earth ur­ban is­sues. Take a look at the few scenes [. . .] where Bo­rat is in New York. He does bring to life the well-known stereo­type that work­ing-class New York­ers aren’t ex­actly cheery peo­ple. [. . .]

“But for some rea­son, the ‘Kazakh jour­nal­ist’s’ anti-Semitism seems re­strained in th­ese scenes. [. . .]

“The comic’s schtick is a tar­geted at­tack on rural peo­ple across the world, and he’s will­ing to white­wash ur­ban prob­lems to that end.”

A lit­tle coun­try prej­u­dice. Sacha Baron Co­hen as Bo­rat

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