"Very nice!" British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen
first introduced the world to his fictional character Borat Sagdiyev in a series of sketches before making the native of Kazakhstan a key character in his successful series, Da Ali G Show
. Borat is a journalist oblivious to the customs and perspectives of Americans. Through this basic setup, he gets his subjects to expose their prejudices and biases they normally keep to themselves - especially when it comes to antisemitism and misogyny.
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While the underlining motivations behind Cohen's use of the Borat character are very serious, Borat's skits and two feature films are roll-around-on-the-floor hilarious. Yes, the movies are controversial, but Cohen's brand of humor provides endless insight into how Americans, in particular, view their status in the world.