Creating people's geographies
Sacha Baron Cohen, who makes low-grade shock comedies such as the moronic Borat, is an unreconstructed zionist. Some friends also find his politics distasteful but acknowledge Cohen’s comedic ‘talents’. I can make no such acknowledgment and have never found his movies or grotesque characters remotely worthwhile, half-way satirical or even genuinely funny.
In his latest, Brüno, he interviews near Bethlehem Palestinian shop-keeper and non-violence activist Ayman Abu Aita, luring him into appearing in the movie under false pretenses.
Ayman Abu Aita tells his side of the story here. I’ve pointed to rather than embedded the video as it starts up automatically. Abu Aita is seeking to sue Cohen and the film’s makers, and one hopes he sees some redress to being deceived into appearing in this joke of a movie (the propaganda milked from it didn’t stop there, either).
If Cohen was so intent upon interviewing a terrorist, going so far as to tell lies about it, he would have been spoilt for choice by the terrorists in the illegal israeli outposts or the terrorist war criminals in the israeli occupation forces and in the israeli apartheid cabinet.