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Funny Foreigners

Peter Preston, former editor of the Guardian, revisits AA Gill's scurrilous commentary on Albania in his latest article on the Guardian website. The article, How Funny Foreigners Are, is Preston's response to the newly released film featuring Borat, Sacha Baron Cohen's Kazakh journalist. I only recently discovered that Borat began life as Kristo - an Albanian.

Comments

prodigyking said…
Yes, racist, bigotted humor is always funny if the joke isn't on you. Well said on the Guardian.

I have a hard time understanding the hype with Borat. But in reality the whole Western society is laughing at a reflection of their own values, and merely a fictional Eastern European retard...
Anonymous said…
Albanians make fun at themselves all the times. it's ok to be self critical. AA Gill wasn't well received because at these stressful times we are in the spotlight with the Kosovo status deal. We don't want of course bad publicity. Both AA Gill and Borat are very funny though.
ourmanintirana said…
Borat was funny in the short sketches on the Ali G show, but I always preferred Ali G. And then there was Bruno - better still.

I think it is interesting that the Borat character is more popular in the US and that the film locates him in the US.

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