Yes, yes, everyone must now line up and take turns declaring how hilarious the "Borat" movie is, and how Sacha Baron Cohen is a comic genius. And it is true that parts of the movie are hilarious. Cohen is undeniably funny.
But I have one question: Would a "Borat" equivalent depicting an idiotic and "comic" Muslim-hating Jew -- say, a settler from the West Bank -- ever screen in any movie theater in the U.S.?
I don't think so. In fact, I am certain the answer is No. Such a character would rightly be denounced as anti-Semitic.
But Borat? He's hilarious.
(I am now prepared to hear how I just didn't "get it". And thanks to chanchow for opening this discussion.)