From today's Arts,Briefly:
Representing Gypsy interests, a German organization has filed suit to prevent the British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen from showing his new film in Germany, Reuters reported. “We are accusing him of defamation and inciting violence against Sinti and Roma,” said Marko D. Knudsen, chairman of the European Center for Antiziganism Research. Antiziganism refers to hostility to Gypsies. The group said it had complained to prosecutors about the violence and discrimination against Gypsies in the film, “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.” In the satire, scheduled to open in Germany on Nov. 2, Mr. Cohen portrays Borat Sagdiyev, a fictional Kazakh television journalist who travels to the United States to report on American life. Prosecutors in Hamburg plan to investigate the complaint before deciding whether to take action.What this neglects to mention is that the character of Borat is an idiot. His "beat the Gypsy" dance is intentionally embarassing and delightfully cringe-worthy.
Note this is exactly the complaint lodged by the ADL. Yes, Borat hates Jews, too. That's why we laugh at him.
Censorship--by definition--never gets the joke.
Then again, it's not exactly in an activist group's interest to get the joke, is it? Anything to get yourself in the papers...