The Anti-Defamation League has a long, proud history of fighting anti-Semitism, bigotry and racism. But the challenges facing the United States today -- primarily, the almost total retardation of the population -- has forced the ADL to switch gears.
Its new mission? Explaining comedy to Americans. You may have heard of Borat Sagdiyev, the popular television reporter from Kazakhstan who is actually a fictional character performed by Sasha Baron Cohen, the British comedian. At issue? Borat's Jew-baiting gyspy-hunting sister-whoring wife-caging persona, which is effectively used to reveal common Americans to be ignorant, racist jackasses. The ADL gets the joke, reminds everyone that Cohen is "proudly Jewish," but ....
We are concerned, however, that one serious pitfall is that the audience may not always be sophisticated enough to get the joke, and that some may even find it reinforcing their bigotry.
Anti-Defamation League Statement on the Comedy of Sacha Baron Cohen, aka 'Borat' [ADL]