There is a line in his movie featuring "Borat" that I thought was good comedy. Throughout the film, "Borat" tries to figure out the comedic use of the addendum "Not!" at the end of a sentence. Then, when Pamela Anderson refuses his offer of marriage, "Borat" tells her he doesn't love her anymore and then tearfully adds "Not!"
I thought that was cute.
What soured me about Sacha Baron Cohen was the way he mocked other cultures for their anti-Semitism and then it turned out he's devoted to Israel. The hypocrisy of trashing other people for prejudice and bigotry and then embracing a country that is to the Middle East as South Africa was to Africa is simply staggering.
So now, he's "The Dictator," a Middle Eastern despot who is hiding out in the USA or something or other and I really don't care. Because at this morning, on the streetcar, I read his in-character press conference in the free daily newspaper:
"On behalf of my dear friend and doubles tennis partner President Assad of Syria, I want to thank the United Nations for their brave inaction over Syria. Thirteen months and still no security counsel resolution. You guys are amazing. You have done next to nothing for the Syrian people – but remember, you can always do less."
Yeah. Bad, bad Syria. Let's send in NATO again, to install some pro-Western scum-bags to replace the Stalinist-nationalist scum-bags who are there at present. It worked out so well in Iraq and Libya. And let's ignore Saudi Arabia and Yemen and Bahrain and, um, what other country is oppressing and murdering Arabs? Oh yeah! Israel! Let's not forget Israel's mass-murder! Whatever you fucking moron.
And then there's this:
"It has been a tough year. We have lost a lot of good people and I have lost a lot of good friends – Gaddafi, I miss you [looks in the air]. Sorry, Gaddafi, I miss you [looks at the ground]. Also, KJ, Kimmy G, K-Jo, K-Man – you know, Kim Jong. And of course you know, Chavez died last month – oh oops. You did not hear that from me."
Um, excuse me you racist shit-head, you liberal putz, you pro-imperialist stooge, ... Chavez was elected. Chavez isn't a dictator. Chavez doesn't have "death-squads" who torture, rape, murder and mutilate. Do you know who does though? The government of Colombia, right next door! The pro-USA narco-state. The one awash with American military largesse! The one that stephen (shit-licker) harper signed a "free-trade" deal with!