No More Sexy Time?

Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter. Support our nonprofit reporting. Subscribe to our print magazine.


Ali G, Borat, Bruno

It’s being reported (thanks to a Drudge Report top-line link, natch) that British actor Sacha Baron Cohen is “offing” two of his most beloved characters, Ali G and Borat, but looking at the original quote in the Telegraph, I’m not sure there’s a story here. Here’s what Cohen actually said:

When I was being Ali G and Borat I was in character sometimes 14 hours a day and I came to love them, so admitting I am never going to play them again is quite a sad thing… It is like saying goodbye to a loved one. It is hard, and the problem with success, although it’s fantastic, is that every new person who sees the Borat movie is one less person I ‘get’ with Borat again, so it’s a kind of self-defeating form, really. It’s upsetting, but the success has been great and better than anything I could have dreamed of.

Everybody knew that the characters’ element of surprise couldn’t last forever, but I’m not sure I hear a statement of immediate abandonment of Borat here. Am I just in denial? He doesn’t say “it was hard” to say goodbye to them, he says “it is hard.” Okay, maybe I’m stretching it, but I still think there’s people somewhere who can be fooled by everybody’s favorite Kazakh reporter.

If not, there’s always Bruno. Oh, sorry: Brüno. If you haven’t seen Brüno’s interview with one of those pastors who claims to convert gays to straights, it’s a masterpiece of political satire and giddy ridiculousness, and you have to stop what you’re doing and watch it right now:

Make sure you get to the “nish nish”/”ach ya” part to find out if “eating lots of chocolatey stuff all the time” is gay or not. Anyway, Brüno is supposed to be the next movie from Baron Cohen, and while he’s apparently denied that shooting has begun, there have been unconfirmed reports of Brüno sightings in LA. Well, if it’s true Ali G and Borat are gone, rest in peace, but I can’t wait to see more of my favorite fake Austrian fashion reporter.

REAL QUICK, REAL URGENT

Minority rule, corruption, disinformation, attacks on those who dare tell the truth: There is a direct line from what's happening in Russia and Ukraine to what's happening here at home. And that's what MoJo's Monika Bauerlein writes about in "Their Fight Is Our Fight" to unpack the information war we find ourselves in and share a few examples to show why the power of independent, reader-supported journalism is such a threat to authoritarians.

Corrupt leaders the world over can (and will) try to shut down the truth, but when the truth has millions of people on its side, you can't keep it down for good. And there's no more powerful or urgent argument for your support of Mother Jones' journalism right now than that. We need to raise about $450,000 to hit our online fundraising budget in these next few months, so please read more from Monika and pitch in if you can.

payment methods

REAL QUICK, REAL URGENT

Minority rule, corruption, disinformation, attacks on those who dare tell the truth: There is a direct line from what's happening in Russia and Ukraine to what's happening here at home. And that's what MoJo's Monika Bauerlein writes about in "Their Fight Is Our Fight" to unpack the information war we find ourselves in and share a few examples to show why the power of independent, reader-supported journalism is such a threat to authoritarians.

Corrupt leaders the world over can (and will) try to shut down the truth, but when the truth has millions of people on its side, you can't keep it down for good. And there's no more powerful or urgent argument for your support of Mother Jones' journalism right now than that. We need to raise about $450,000 to hit our online fundraising budget in these next few months, so please read more from Monika and pitch in if you can.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate