CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2011 |
Margarita Lopez grew up embarrassed by how easily she spoke Spanish. As she grew fluent in English and became one of the top students at her L.A. high school, she always considered her native language a reminder of her roots as the daughter of working-class Central American immigrants. Speaking Spanish took her back to sixth-grade remedial English, when she was given books to read "with just four words in them. " She remembered being made to feel dumb. "I was mad at being bilingual," she told me. Of course, she was wrong to think that way. She sees that now, as a 19-year-old freshman at Vassar College in New York's Hudson Valley.
January 4, 2008 |
In late December, Sacha Baron Cohen announced the demise of Borat and Ali G. What can we say about these heroes, one a pigeon-toed champion of his motherland, the other the duck-toed favorite son of his hood? I submit that these dear fellows were, yes, philosophers in drag, plying the ancient dilemma of relativism for all to hear. Let us pay our final respects by having a look at Borat -- the movie and the lesson.
August 5, 2007 |
Fifty years ago today, at 3 p.m, "American Bandstand" made its debut on national television. In living rooms and rec rooms throughout the country, young viewers . were suddenly able to watch teenagers much like themselves dancing in Philadelphia (where the show was produced) to the same records that could be heard on their local Top 40 AM radio stations.
November 20, 2006 |
Attorneys representing the villagers of Glod, Romania, plan to file lawsuits today against "Borat" in New York, Florida and Germany, asking for more than $30 million in damages and seeking to stop further screening of the controversial comedy, which was No. 3 at the box office this past weekend, if scenes making fun of the villagers are not cut or changed.
November 11, 2006 |
Two fraternity members from South Carolina have sued 20th Century Fox, claiming they were duped into making racist and sexist comments on camera in the spoof documentary "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan." The film opened No. 1 at the box office last weekend. "Borat" follows the adventures of comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's Kazakh journalist character as he travels across the United States and mocks Americans.
November 3, 2006 |
Borat beware: Accept an invitation by a top Kazakh official to find out what the country is really like and you could be in for a nasty surprise. "I'd kill this impostor on the spot," said Eltai Muptekeyev, who makes his living in Almaty by posing for photos with a blindfolded falcon clinging to a thick leather glove on his hand.