In recognition of Dillsnap Cogitation’s second week and 3,000th page view, and in the spirit of advancing my blog’s recurring free speech theme, I bring you a magnificent clip from our Kazakh friend, Borat.
In this clip, Borat demonstrates how drunken cowboy idiots can go from engaging in their typical shit-kicking banter to singing (horrendously off-key) Jew-loathing choruses in a span of 2 minutes. The reason I included this clip is to show you how hate-speech (Borat’s song lyrics) can be utilized as a force to combat ethnic/religious hatred. In the video, Borat is exposing the mindlessness of those who engage in irrational stereotyping based on an individual’s immutable traits or religious affiliation.
In the unfettered “Marketplace of Ideas“, the truth will defeat ignorant speech every time in head-to-head combat. Of course, this presupposes moronic speech-fascists will not intervene to suppress the speech that they find “offensive”. Their market-intervention has the inevitable consequence of giving greater power to the scumbags and their hateful ideas. Human psychology tells us that inquisitive minds yearn for speech that is prohibited or restricted, often believing that it must have an element of dangerous truth (i.e., Freedom of Information Act denials for Kennedy assassination investigation papers).
It is interesting to note that Sacha Baron Cohen received a letter of admonition from the Anti-Defamation League (whose mission is to stop the defamation of the Jewish people) about his little ditty. Here is an excerpt of the letter:
[W]e are concerned that the irony may have been lost on some of your audience – or worse, that some of your viewers may have simply accepted Borat’s statements about Jews at face value.
However, in attempting to expose bigotry and prejudice you also bear a responsibility to be sensitive. Many viewers of this particular episode have told us they found the segment distasteful, and even dangerous.
We hope that in future you will consider these sensitivities before airing segments that contain unfiltered expressions of bigotry or anti-Semitism.
Considering that Sacha Baron Cohen was born to an Orthodox Jewish family, and is proud to be Jewish, I find the ADL’s attempt to moderate his chosen form of free expression comical. I wonder if Mel Brooks got letters like this from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, The Asian-American Civil Rights Group, the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders, and the dozen or so other self-identified classes he lampooned in Blazing Saddles.
Right now I think censorship is necessary; the things they’re doing and saying in films right now just shouldn’t be allowed. There’s no dignity anymore and I think that’s very important.
– Mae West