posted on May, 18 2012 @ 07:30 AM
People should stop being so dense. If anyone thinks he does what he does just for the purpose of trying to be funny, you're completely missing out.
SBC is a social commentator. He uses his characters to expose the pure ignorance that can be found in many people. It's multiple layers of comedy
Layer 1 (for simpletons) - "LOL listen to his accent and how he talks, [those people] are dumb just like that LOL"
Layer 2 (for slightly more intelligent simpletons) - "This is offensive, and not funny at all"
Layer 3 (for people with a grasp on sociological matters) - "I see how he uses his characters by acting like the perfect stereotype for the said
character. What makes it humorous is the way people react to said stereotype and in the process inadvertently expose their own personal prejudice,
thus serving as a social commentary on how prejudice is still alive and well. I understand that his characters alone, are not what is funny, rather
the humor can be found in how easily he is able to pull prejudice out of everyone else by using his characters as the catalyst."
It's bittersweet comedy if anything. It exposes a rather harsh truth, so harsh in some cases, where it almost overshadows the comedy completely.
For example: In the National Anthem scene in Borat, the reaction by the people in the stands is rather disgusting when he talks about the "War of
Terror" and "drink the blood of every man woman and child of Iraq". It's even worse in Bruno when you witness the audience reaction at the
wrestling match and hear the ignorance they're spouting. www.youtube.com...