Thursday, January 13, 2005

 

"and your home in the grave"


I am a firm believer that Sasha Baron Cohen is a comedic genius. Check out this New York Post online gossip column:
TV prankster Ali G, a k a Sasha Baron Cohen, is at it again. Posing as one of his hilarious aliases, Kazakhstan journalist "Borat," the British comic nearly incited a riot while singing the national anthem at a rodeo in Salem, Va., the other day. Cohen-as-Borat claimed he was filming a documentary and convinced organizers to let him sing the "Star-Spangled Banner" to show his appreciation for the U.S.A. Speaking in broken English, Cohen told the crowd he supported the war on terrorism. "I hope you kill every man, woman and child in Iraq, down to the lizards," Cohen declared. "And may George W. Bush drink the blood of every man, woman and child in Iraq." After warbling what he said was his own native national anthem, Cohen proceeded to sing a butchered version of the "Star-Spangled Banner," ending with the words, "your home in the grave." By then, he was drowned out by boos and getting flipped off by the crowd. "If he had been out there a minute longer, I think somebody would have shot him," attendee Robynn Jaymes told the Roanoke Times. Rodeo producers, who suddenly realized they had been hoaxed, escorted Cohen from the building.
(Thanks, Maha!)

Comments:
Alex, is this on video? I'm really curious about the crowd's reaction. It's not at all clear to me what they were objecting to -- did they realize they were being mocked?

As for the exercise in having children write from the 'other's' perspective, I think adults have no business fucking with kids that way or any other.

Aunt Deb
 
i'm sure it's on video and may well appear on HBO at some time (or on DVD, who knows if it will make the airwaves). i think some people may have felt like they were being mocked but probably most of them didn't want some dumb foreigner screwin' up the dadburn anthem, dangumbit.

as for the kids, i'm not sure that i think i consider it "fucking" with them to ask them to consider different perspectives. i think you could even argue that it might be helpful to encourage it.
 
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