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Comm 142 paper 3 - Ryley Leech 4/11/10 Comm 142 A ll You...

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Ryley Leech 4/11/10 Comm 142 All You Can Eat Bell Hook’s article Eating the Other: Desire and Resistance describes the historical and contemporary commodification of Otherness by Western white culture. This commodification is apparent in the works of actor/comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, whose satirical characters are a perfect example of the West’s desire to eat the Other. Hooks says “ the commodification of Otherness has been so successful because it is offered as a new delight, more intense, more satisfying that normal ways of doing and feeling” (Hooks, 424). Cohen’s first major character, Ali G, is a satirical representation of the “wigger”, a racially confusing mixture of American Hip- Hop dialect and English street slang as well as some undeniable Yardie influence. Ali G was not received well by black or white critics; Cohen was slammed for pimping black culture and for being “a man cynically determined to cater for the scum of the earth, and make is humor as ugly, loutish and revolting as possible”(Gilroy, 2). Bell Hooks portrays “eating the Other” as an
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2011 for the course COMM 270 taught by Professor Blaire during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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