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Zaklamont
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posted 21 November 2006 11:42 PM      Profile for Zaklamont        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
If only we Canadians had an ability to take criticism the way Americans do. I was surprised at how well America digested the, " Borat: Cultural Learnings..." movie satire of the U.S. of A.

I think Canadian society would be more dynamic and mature substantially to boot, if we allowed ourselves to be more self-critical - along with that ongoing pride in what we do well.

Below is a link to the Borat movie critique at the Boston.Com website

http://www.boston.com/movies/display?display=movie&id=8982


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Stargazer
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posted 22 November 2006 04:24 AM      Profile for Stargazer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I don't think all Americans take criticism too well at all, just like Canadians (just have a look at the right wing American blogs).

I just saw this movie last night and I have to say, Borat sure does get at all that is wrong and whacky in the US. The freakiest part was the Christian Evangelical meeting he went to where people were speaking in tonques and flailing about. Weird, weird, weird. When I watched this particular part I kept thinking - this is the exact same kind of behaviour Americans demean when they talk of Islamic Fundamentalists. It pointed out very clearly that America is full of the same thing, just Christian ones. But of course, because they are Christian, this is okay, while other religious fundamentalists are not.


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posted 22 November 2006 04:59 AM      Profile for Lard Tunderin' Jeezus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
If only Canadian Conservative politicians played the game of divisive politics just like the Americans, we could have Stephen Harper as Dictator for Life.

They're trying. Too many Jewish Canadians fell hook, line and sinker for the Party that is willing to "Support Israel" under any circumstance, and it appears that his antics in China may have been targeted at buying votes at home, too. There was never any wish to improve human rights in China - the grandstanding for the ethnic vote is what it likely was all about.


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posted 22 November 2006 05:10 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Canadians love to laugh at themselves - how else to explain the popularity of "This Hour has 22 Minutes" or "The Mercer Report" and similar stuff? Hell, going back from the 1950s we had Wayne and Shuster poking our collective funnybones.

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Alberta Guy
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posted 22 November 2006 06:34 AM      Profile for Alberta Guy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I used to love Wayne and Schuster. Rick Mercer has always been a favorite of mine. This Hour has 22 Minutes was never the same after he left.

A little self depricating humor is good for the soul. People have a tendency to take themselves too seriously.


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Zaklamont
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posted 22 November 2006 04:26 PM      Profile for Zaklamont        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
We Canadians are capable at laughing at our politicians and institutions, but not so well at our dualistic minded Calvinism and holier than thou self-righteousness that's embedded in our psyche, a good part of which we inherited from the Old Sod.

Our satirists need to sharpen their lances and hit at our soft underbelly to help liberate us.


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posted 22 November 2006 09:26 PM      Profile for glacier76     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
So, what country is good at laughing at their "dualistic minded Calvinism and holier than thou self-righteousness that's embedded in [their] psyche"?

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posted 22 November 2006 09:33 PM      Profile for Coyote   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oddly, Laos.
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Zaklamont
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posted 27 November 2006 02:11 PM      Profile for Zaklamont        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Curiously, the residents of Port Said.
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Boarsbreath
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posted 30 November 2006 05:33 PM      Profile for Boarsbreath   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, funny you should mention -- but there's a trend in the TV faux-reporter confrontation make-'em-look-silly schtick, Chasers in Australia, Cohen in the UK. Am I wrong in thinking it was 22 Minutes, and Mercer in particular, that started it?

(And wasn't the Danny Finkelstein show in the early 90s, or even late 80s, about a TV station, the progenitor of the English show The Office?)


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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 30 November 2006 06:48 PM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Boarsbreath:
(And wasn't the Danny Finkelstein show in the early 90s, or even late 80s, about a TV station, the progenitor of the English show The Office?)

You're thinking of Ken Finkleman's "The Newsroom".


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