Tasteless Ethnic Jokes are Back

Gene Edward Veith comments on Borat.

Anyway, I can report that “Borat,” the number one movie for weeks, is over-rated. Yes, it is funny, but it is not a good funny. It is rude, crude, unspeakably vulgar and tasteless. I know, that might recommend it these days. But it represents the rebirth of the rude, crude, vulgar, tasteless ethnic joke. We are laughing at eastern Europeans, Jews, rednecks, Southerners, and other people made to seem below us. It is humor that is cruel and degrading, both to the targets and to those of us who laugh at it.

ABC News

The top-rated comedy is making thousands of high school and college students laugh — and inspiring some of them to imitate the eponymous character’s offensive behavior to women and Jews.


Arriving in character as fake Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev, Cohen said he hoped his comedy would win an Oscar for “best anti-Jewish film”.

However, he said he faced “very fierce competition from your Melvin Gibson” – a reference to the Australian-raised actor’s recent anti-Semitic remarks.

Anti-Defamation League

We are concerned, however, that one serious pitfall is that the audience may not always be sophisticated enough to get the joke, and that some may even find it reinforcing their bigotry.

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One Response to Tasteless Ethnic Jokes are Back

  1. snipedout99 says:

    Yes, i agree with you that these types of movies are coming back into style and they need to stop… but on the other hand, most people take it to be what it is… a comedy movie. Most people have enough intelligence to realize that this is just a movie and nothing more. Those few people who are dont are the skid marks of society and are what is making America go down.

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