Borat’s New Film Project – Opinions?

The actor behind the character Borat, as this article points out, has been sued by many different people over his last film. His next film features a black model playing Jesus in a loincloth and a crown of thorns and is sure to get even more flak than his previous film.

So two questions come to mind about these sorts of projects…

Firstly is do they do any good apart from their sheer entertainment value? Many think it is a good idea to do these blatant showcases of religious lunacy, like Bill Maher’s Religulous; they push the more fundamentalist religions out further to the margins of society. However, there are many critics which think that movies like this just give those of us who are not religious a bad name and a stereotype as militant, angry, out-to-insult, denigrating, curmudgeons. They say that instead we should focus on building common ground and being more inclusive. I do not think that this movie has any intention of weighing in on the religious debate in the US like Religulous clearly has, but it will have an effect nonetheless.

Secondly is there any holy ground when it comes to comedy? Is there any topic off limits, anything you can not or should not make a joke about? Can comedy go too far, and if so, when does it go too far?

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2 Responses to “Borat’s New Film Project – Opinions?”

  1. well further reasons certainly relieve a lot of flak from films, never underestimate the power or sheer entertainment value. Well the film may be disgusting, or blatantly contraversial as nearly everything Ali G does, the films itself will make thousands. Because before looking for fact or reason, the average human being is looking for entertainment.

  2. “However, there are many critics which think that movies like this just give those of us who are not religious a bad name and a stereotype as militant, angry, out-to-insult, denigrating, curmudgeons.”

    I have a contention with this comment. I’ve never seen or heard of Atheists being described as “militant” and I’ve never heard of anyone killing anyone else because the belief in the absence of a god influenced them to do so. On the contrary, those who are Atheistic tend to see death as the end of existence and therefore place a higher value on life.

    However, I can see how these sorts of films and satires might cause others to view Atheists as “out to insult” but I would argue that it’s more of an “out to point out the absurdity of believing in something for which there is no evidence,” the definition of “faith.”

    The other two words are too long for the average American to care about what they mean… >.<

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