Author: JaeRan

Assistant professor at UW Tacoma, writer, and researcher.

4 thoughts

  1. I actually got a good belly laugh out of it. Poor Susan looks a little stunned, but as she said, she knew what she was getting into, and I hope she was able to laugh at it as well.
    Satire’s my thing. Although I know many people who were disturbed by it, I also loved Borat. To be able to use humor to show the disturbing parts of human behavior takes true comic genius.
    The scene where she’s holding up the paint chips to match the baby’s skin tone was PRICELESS.

  2. I loved it, especially the line “Africa is the New Prada Store!” Those who are up in arms are missing something critical, this is a parody on the celebs and their crazy fast tracked adopted child collections that are being parodied, not int’l adoption itself. I sure didn’t take it personally. (And the show is an adult show on cable, so if kids are watching their kids need to be figuring out how to set parental controls.)
    I heard a great line on the show 6 Feet Under, where Claire says of a teacher who makes sexualy inappropriate jokes “It’s not sexual harassment, it’s more like commentary on sexual harassment.” As the story unfolded, she turned out to be wrong, but that assessment has helped me differentiate between overtly racist humor and commentary on racism. I really think JS is about the commentary and have been watching long enough to know that the writing is quite consistently like that, but some topics have hotter buttons than others.

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