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Sacha Baron Cohen Borat’s sequel to fight denialist sites Facebook Twitter – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: You could tell from the 2019 ADL speech of Sacha Baron Cohen and his Time magazine guest column that a scathing criticism of social media platforms Facebook and Twitter for allowing Holocaust deniers to speak out freely was going to be a major part of the promotional appearances he is about to begin to do for the Borat Amazon sequel on October 23. This will be an evolving discussion, due to a sharp about-face by Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook platform to ban Holocaust denial posts from his platform, followed by Twitter with its own ban shortly. after.


The topic will always be a priority for Baron Cohen, who delivered a scathing speech against Facebook and Twitter and the impact of allowing Holocaust deniers a free pass to spit out anti-Semitic information under the guise of free speech. . Sources have said that while the new film satirizes anti-Semitism in the equally daring way Taika Waititi used in Jo Jo Rabbit, the Borat the follow-up sheds light on this hatred for a specific constructive reason which is close to its heart.

A surprise byproduct of all of this is a lawsuit in Georgia. Reports say it came from the estate of Judith Dim Evans, who appears in the film and bears witness to the Holocaust atrocities, in which members of her family were killed. The lawsuit claims that Evans participated without knowing she was in a satire, a lawsuit which the lawsuit said was “made to make fun of the Holocaust and Jewish culture.” While the lawsuit may well reverberate in the press, sources close to the filmmakers tell me there may well be a change of mind after viewing the film, as the point of including Dim Evans was to do exactly opposite. And she was made aware of the gag after it was shot and there are pictures of it.

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Baron Cohen dedicates the film to Evans, who died after the shooting. I was told he was making one of his films for the first time – where almost everyone except him is an unwitting participant – out of respect he asked someone to tell Evans and the friend who shares the scene with her that Baron Cohen himself is Jewish. and playing an ignorant character as a means of Holocaust education, featuring a Holocaust survivor who ends up challenging the anti-Semite by charmingly telling her own story. The filmmakers separately helped other members of Dim Evans’ family build a website in his honor, and I’ve heard that Baron Cohen and Amazon Prime have created a way through his bonus X-Ray content for that to happen. Viewers of the film hear Evans tell the story of what happened to his family during WWII.

Whether the timing of the Holocaust denier’s ban from Facebook and Twitter has something to do with Baron Cohen’s plans to vilify them in public appearances that begin on Friday, Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt, told Deadline that Baron Cohen’s relentless efforts to shed light on the practice, both on screen and in public appearances, have helped keep the pressure on sites that are under scrutiny more than ever. up close during an election period.

“We are following anti-Semitic incidents closely and the Year of the Law has recorded the highest totals we have seen in the four decades we do this work,” Greenblatt said. “I wish they had made this ban earlier, but I’m glad they did, and we’ll follow up to make sure they keep their word. Sacha’s evangelism and its follow-up – I’m sure it has been helpful. This kept the problem in the public eye.

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