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Monday, November 06, 2006

Jews embrace Borat's role as crusader against racism

TORONTO -- Borat Sagdiyev, the fictional character at the centre of the new comedy Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, is ridiculously anti-Semitic. The movie, opening today, features a "running of the Jew" segment back in Borat's home village in Kazakhstan that would be astonishingly offensive if it were not so ludicrously funny. On the Comedy Network's Da Ali G Show, Borat once took to the stage at a country and western bar in the southern United States and performed a song called Throw the Jew Down the Well as the rednecks sang along and cheered. Yet far from being outraged, some of the most creative and powerful Jews in Hollywood are big fans of the film -- including Larry David, Garry Shandling and Larry Charles, the legendary Seinfeld director who also directed the Borat movie.

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