614. Borat & Sacha Fierce

Why Borat? Why not? He be super funny & the brilliance of Sacha Baron Cohen’s comedic art is that he gets people to think he actually is the character he portrays… a journalist from the former Soviet Block country of Kazakhstan sent on ridiculous missions by his government and then he reveals some hidden things about society or a person’s character, like Rudy Giuliani and his hotel sex scene with a person he thought to be a minor, Borat’s daughter.

#Me2 & Rudy Giuliani in Borat 2

Art imitates life which imitates Art. In the post-factual age which we’ve just been through with all the fake news, who knows what’s the truth anymore? Who cares? With social media the truth no longer just matters, it’s all about perception. There was no big fallout from that scene since the actress was actually of legal age and Rudy is well-known to be the heavy hitter lawyer of choice of the conservative right. All in the name of comedy. LOL.

Who is the man Sacha Fierce Baron Cohen? Well here’s a little something from the Wiki:

Sacha Noam Baron Cohen (born 13 October 1971) is an English actor, comedian, writer, and producer. He is best known for his creation and portrayal of the fictional satirical characters Ali G, Borat Sagdiyev, Brüno Gehard, and Admiral General Aladeen. He adopts a variety of accents and guises for his characters—emulating his idol Peter Sellers, and interacts with unsuspecting subjects who do not realise they have been set up. At the 2012 British Comedy Awards, he received the Outstanding Achievement Award, accepting the award while reprising his Ali G character. In 2013, he received the BAFTA Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy. In 2018, The Times named him among the 30 best living comedians.

Israel and Judaism

Baron Cohen first acted in theatrical productions with the Socialist-Zionist youth movement Habonim Dror.

He spent a year in Israel volunteering.

According to Baron Cohen, “I wouldn’t say I am a religious Jew. I am proud of my Jewish identity and there are certain things I do and customs I keep.” He tries to keep kosher and attends synagogue about twice a year.

Marriage and family

Baron Cohen met Australian actress Isla Fisher in 2002 at a party in Sydney. The couple became engaged in 2004. Subsequent to Fisher’s conversion to Judaism, the two married on 15 March 2010 in Paris in a Jewish ceremony. They have two daughters named Olive (born 2007) and Elula (born 2011) and a son named Montgomery (born 2015), and previously split their time between Marylebone, London and Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles before moving to Sydney.

Philanthropy

On 28 December 2015, Baron Cohen and Fisher donated £335,000 ($500,000) to Save the Children as part of a programme to vaccinate children in northern Syria against measles, and the same amount (another $500,000) to the International Rescue Committee also aimed at helping Syrian refugees.

Borat & Sacha Fierce. Good.

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