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Sardonic Political Comedy: Positive or Negative?

comedy July 23rd, 2018

Courageous and conniving comic Sacha Baron Cohen is back with a new series entitled Who is America? in which he sends up politicians, media figures, and other notable folks. It is stinging and sardonic and amazing, like Cohen’s gags as Ali G, Borat, and Bruno. The man is oozing talent out of his pores. In this guest blog, Joseph Mangano asks “Whether or not the show is subjectively ‘good’ or ‘bad’ as a comedic creation does not approach, however, the subject of whether or not Who is America? is a show that real-world America needs in the current political climate.” He cites, for example, “a recent piece by Aja Romano, Internet culture reporter for Vox, who believes Baron Cohen’s ‘prankster provocations are a bad match for our current cultural climate.'” This lengthy and well-written piece should help you decide how you feel about comedy as positive or negative in a time of political polarization and what I (using language from Chalmers Johnson) would call “the waning days of empire.”

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