Just as we thought all the racial and ethnic stereotypes shown on TV during the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s were dead and buried, in the late-’90s and early ’00s a lanky rat-looking twat gave xenophobia a televisual resurgence. From the first time we saw him on the 11 O’Clock Show along with the other banes of comedy such as the up-his-own-arse Ricky Gervais, Sacha Baron Cohen quickly became one of the most annoying yet overrated comedians of the noughties. “Ali G”, his first famous creation, was an offensive caricature of second generation British Black and British Asian youths. Aside from hearing the constant uttering of the line “Is it coz I is black?”, it was seeing Cohen’s prejudiced character on television each week with his broken English and gaudy bright clothing, that made it obvious that this arse-wipe enjoyed donning a subtle blackface in order to jester to a white crowd.
So hypnotised were the white British audience at the time, that they saw appropriated items, such as du-rags and stocking caps (which existed for decades before him) as synonymous with the character Ali G. Ignorant British Caucasians then began calling these black accessories “Ali G style” or “Ali G’s look” for example. This lame excuse for a comedian even had black slang all twisted and mixed up, re-branding “Babylon” from meaning Police to being a Caucasian middle-class joke-name for breasts.
The character “Brüno Gehard” (pronounced Gay Hard) then went further into the realms of prejudice by mocking homosexual males. This offensive creation was cleverly disguised by cloaking the character with the British favourite hate-target; the German nationality. By combining the two, Sacha was able keep the homophobia hidden behind a post-World-War enemy. Following on from this lame pattern of cultural enemy-bashing, came the post-Cold-War psudo-Russian-Muslim hate figure “Borat Sagdiev”, and then the post-War-On-Terror hate-figure “General Aladeen”.
The usual excuse of “it’s the people who interact with the character, not the character himself that is being scoffed at” just doesn’t wash with us anymore. I’m sure a bigger proportion of the audience who watched Borat for example, was laughing at Borat rather than the Yanks who interacted with him.
Sacha’s ridicule of the races may in the future become more irritating when he steps into more serious roles. His weirdly racist, yet incorrect voice-over work in the Madagascar movies as the lemur “Julien” is brought to mind when I hear the news that this fuck-nut will be playing Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic Mercury. On a side note, this is yet another case of ethnic mis-casting from mainstream Hollywood, who I’m sure would not do the same if, in a movie about the life of Bette Midler for example; cast Mindy Kaling. Hollywood aside, judging from Cohen’s “King Julien” Indian-esque accent and his other list of offensive characters; if anything is to be mocked about a homosexual Anglo-Indian, Cohen will probably channel it for the sake of fame and wealth.
UPDATE: Hollywood finally saw sense and cast Rami Malek in the role of Freddie Mercury
His disrespectful and stereotypical caricatures of British Black and British Asian males, Middle Eastern Muslims, and homosexuals, proves that Sacha has a propensity for mocking the socially excluded and marginalised sections of society. I mean, what happened to solidarity between minorities? As a British Jew, he should know only too well what it’s like to be constantly derided and belittled by mainstream white entertainment. It seems that Cohen is satisfied in climbing the ladder of fame at the expense of giving prejudice and hatred a bigger audience. Sucking up to a white industry by treading on the identity of ethnic minorities, is what makes Sacha one of the most odious race-hating minority-traitors in recent times.