The Dictator (Part 1 of 2)

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Look at the photo above. Find this familiar? Can you link the man in the photo with Admiral General Aladeen of the Northern African Republic of Wadiya? This is not a coincidence of any sorts. I shall come to this later.

Before watching The Dictator, I saw many posts on social media sites sharing that the show is very funny and many enjoyed it. Some said that the “funny elements” in The Dictator are very crude. Rarely do words like “lame” or “stupid” appear in these sharing.

I watched it, and I do find some parts of it funny, but not all.

The Dictator may not be suitable for everybody – for every now and then, viewers could find themselves staring (at close range) at a man wearing an underwear which seems almost unable to accommodate his own “amazonian forest” pubic.

At other times, viewers could be surprised (pleasantly?!?!) when they find a male reproductive organ come slamming onto a window panel (of course, with the “amazonian forest” pubic in full view).

Once, the beloved Supreme Leader was given a sexual education by a lady on how to make good use of his hands.

I realized that such scenes are quite successful in triggering the giggles and laughter from the viewer (maybe not a lot were from the boys).

Admiral General Aladeen is clearly anti-Western and anti-Semitic. His country is at Northern Africa. He have got nuclear ambitions. His fashion sense is “unique”. He have got female bodyguards.

Colonel Gaddafi is also clearly anti-Western and anti-Semitic. His country Libya is at Northern Africa. He too have got nuclear ambitions. Similarly, his fashion sense is unique. And lastly he got female bodyguards.

(For that matter, the photo above shows Gaddafi – who was killed by rebels last year – in his uniform, and accompanied by a female bodyguard who are collectively known as the “Amazonian Guards”.)

And it was known (not I said it!) that The Dictator drew inspiration from Colonel Gaddafi of Libya. Click on http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505270_162-57436965/sacha-baron-cohen-qaddafi-inspired-dictator/?tag=showDoorFlexGridRight;flexGridModule to see one of the evidence.

If you are unconvinced yet, click on http://www.buzzfeed.com/fjelstud/the-best-of-gaddafi-fashion to look at the fashion sense of Gaddafi, before comparing it to that of Aladeen. Please pay special attention to photos 7, 11 and 12. For photo 12, do note that both Gadaffi and Aladeen have special interests in special looking chest pins.

Seems like the late Gaddifi did a great job in inspiring the production team of The Dictator! (Anyone want to give Gaddafi a round of applause?)

Oh, if you think that elements of Gaddafi were the only ones that appeared in the show, you are going to be disappointed.

The Dictator seems to need more. So the production team finds it necessary to put it to the audience, very early in the show, that the show is dedicated to the memory of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.

Enough? Apparently not! The production team of The Dictator realized the need to put in a scene of anti – Aladeen citizens toppling a statue of Aladeen. This I think was inspired by the pulling down of Saddam Hussein’s statue in Central Baghdad a few years back. Look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wss_urnuB7o  to see for yourself!

I was told by someone that The Dictator is a political satire.

Oxford Dictionary http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/satire?q=satire defines “satire” as “the use of humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.”

So, is The Dictator a movie to use humour, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics?

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