Da Ali G Show is a good reason to pay extra for HBO. If it is ever released on DVD, I’ll snap it up, because I can watch the Ali G character interview Newt Gingrich or Buzz Aldrin a dozen times and still laugh each time.
I’ve seen him interview Dick Thornberg (“What is barely legal?”), Newt Gingrich (“Would a woman president just fall in love with Saddam Hussein?”), James Woolsey (“Who really shot JR?”), Donald Trump, James Lipton, Buzz Aldrin, Ralph Nader, C. Everett Koop, and various other people who had no idea they were being mocked and ridiculed. Some quickly realized what was going on. Donald Trump, for example, ended his interview within a minute or two. Others continued on either because they didn’t catch on, or because they had time to kill. A few even helped out by facing the camera and reading a rap written by Ali G. Ralph Nader rejected G’s and wrote his own. But all of them were men, so none of them sued.
Whoa, did I say that? Am I really perpetuating the stereotype that feminists are humorless? Maybe, but only because Naomi Wolf is playing into it.
That’s right, all of the coincidentally (?) male names I listed above, and many more lesser-known men, have faced Ali G or one of Sasha Cohen’s other characters, and they’ve all responded with varying levels of grace and good humor. Some of them were obviously quite miffed, but none of them have sued. Interview just one feminist author, and kaboom! Here come the lawyers.
No wonder feminists have a bad name.
(Thanks to Reason for the tip.)