Saturday, November 18, 2006

You My Good Frien’ Are A Pig

I overheard that remark on the bus home, Thursday evening. It was made – twice – by a young bloke sitting up the back of the bus with his mates. Guessing wildly, I figured that they were on their way home from seeing the new Borat film at the Northland Cinema multiplex.

If my guess was right, I can expect to hear that line a lot when I’m out on the public transport system – and perhaps a few others, depending on how well the film does and how many memorable lines and catch-phrases Sacha Baron-Cohen has managed to cram into it.

That will save me a few bucks on seeing film. Even better, it will save me the sort of earnest critical effort Christopher Scanlon wasted on the film in Thursday’s Age. It’s just another film about ignorant foreigners with no grasp of English idiom. Like Carry On Up the Khyber.


Mark Lawrence said...

Yeah, but will it come to have the same cache as "Yeah but, no but, yeah but, no but…"

Which seems to have replaced that lovely homegrown version, "She goes, she goes, she goes…, she just goes!"

I still haven't made up my mind whether to see it.

Anonymous said...

Face it, Borat is straight down the line anti-Muslim Zionist propaganda.

I don't begrudge him the right to do that, but let's recognise the jokes for what they are.

"Throw the Jew down the well", he claims the Kazakstanis shout.

- barista

Anonymous said...

not literally, of course, this is fiction.

But he prowls the promotional landscape pretending to be Muslim, uttering the most terrible sexist, antisemitic, primitive rubbish.

You think that doesn't feed into a stereotype of Muslims.

You can perform the usual thought experiment. Imagine him producing the cliches crafted by certain European regimes to smear the Jews.

Get it?

- barista