The Letters section has always been my favorite part of Jewish newspapers, and the Jewish Week isn’t letting me down. Today’s issue includes a letter that suggests that Borat is actually a Muslim conspiracy to malign Jews. Here’s a taste:
I have seen the film called “Borat,” and I am appalled and disgusted by it…
I’ve been told by various people, authoritatively, that this man, this “Sacha Baron Cohen,” is English, he is Israeli, he is Orthodox, he is a Sabbath observer.
What I think is that this Borat/Cohen is an anti-Semitic Muslim who uses the Jewish persona as his excuse for disseminating the worst anti-Semitic venom since Hitler.
Why would the Jewish Week publish this letter? To show that there are conspiracists among us? To present the anti-Muslim view that this is a real anti-Semitic movie? While the letter doesn’t reflect well on its author, right now I’m thinking it looks even worse for the paper that printed it.