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"My Beef with Borat"

by maceo manhattan (writer), Los Angeles, November 21, 2006

So let me get this straight. There is child of an orthodox family who went to orthodox schools who is now bashing his on roots to make millions of dollars? I love it!

Call Sacha Baron Cohen a genius, call him unorthodox, call him even crazy, there is no denying that the man knows how to create a character and adapt to situations. When 'Ali G.' flopped at the box office, Sacha Baron Cohen went to his next character “Borat”. He perfected it over a span of eight years and was able to capitalize on it with a movie budget of only 17 million.

As I dressed the role of “Borat” for Halloween, I just new this thing was going to be huge. I expeditiously sent out emails to friends and family about how funny the movie would be. I have yet to see the movie, but based on what I have watched the “Da Ali G. Show” and clips on “” it looked hilarious.

So who is the joke really on? Obviously Cohen had a bone to pick with American culture and even his own which makes me wonder about Cohen the person. Especially when you look at his other characters “Ali G.” and “Bruno” Is he a metrosexual, heterosexual, bisexual, homosexual, etc.? The fact that there is a lot of mystery about Cohen the person plays in his favor. It allows him to create new characters and adapt to nearly any situation.

As a aspiring comedian, writer, etc. I have a lot of respect for Cohen’s improvisational skills. He is undoubtedly one of the best spontaneous thinkers and bullshiters (I mean this in a good way) that I have ever seen. What could have possibly inspired him to be who he is today? Cohen comes from an extremely educated family and appears to have led an “aristocratic” style life.

What I find interested about Cohen is that supposedly he is a vary soft spoken and even tempered guy. I hear that he is even private and very much a family person. Equally interesting is that he is engaged to woman named isla Fischer who is anything but orthodox. I really do not understand that move if you ask me. He claims to be orthodox but the orthodox community rarely marries outside of the Jewish community let alone the orthodox one.

All the information leads me believe that Cohen may in fact be a gay Iranian hip hop orthodox Jew in real life. As long as he keeps us guessing there is no telling what will come after “Borat”,“Bruno”, and the Cohen legacy.

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