Comments on: On hating – and occasionally loving – Mads Brügger’s “The Ambassador” Ethan Zuckerman’s online home, since 2003 Thu, 31 May 2018 07:56:57 +0000 hourly 1 By: Don Juan Sat, 13 Dec 2014 03:07:06 +0000 Political correctness is an absolute silencing of thought and it is pervasive in every corner of the developed world.

Mads shows what’s actually going on out there, and he does it with himself as the vehicle of chasing that message. It’s absolutely ridiculous the fact this man was able to just get up and do that.

It’s likely if had he not done that, a fair sized group of people, including myself, would never be thinking about ambassadors with illegal diamonds in forlorn African countries. Especially a Danish speaking ambassador for Liberia. It’s unbelievable what this movie shows and personally I don’t see the big deal as far as ethics go.

By: someone else Mon, 12 Aug 2013 11:26:56 +0000 November 20th 2012 Tomas wrote :

“A day after you posted your thoughtful review Mads Brügger was fired from his job as program manager at a large danish radio station. Coincidence? I’ll let someone else be the judge of that ;-)”

Yes, this was a coincident.

He was reinstated a month later. Any implications you would like to imply related to that, Mr. Tomas?

By: Raul Gonzales Wed, 27 Mar 2013 04:23:59 +0000 “Brügger clearly sees himself as a crusader against corruption.” This is wrong. Of course “It’s hard to see how Brügger’s expose is going to lead to real change.” He’s simply presenting how there are certain unbelievably deep cultural trends that are still present in the world today, no matter how we try to gloss over them and pretend they are not there. Africa is corrupt, everywhere. This is just true. Everybody is corrupt in the film. You might cite the Brugger quote saying there are pretty much no regular people in the film. But remember that old saying? Complete power=complete corruption. The point here is that we’ve been doing this for hundreds of years, and not him, not you, are going to stop it.

I also beg to differ with the statement, “he offers no helpful advice beyond ‘Don’t trust white guys who are interested in Africa.'”

On the contrary, I salute Brugger for portraying something so controversial with such amusement. Amongst a sea of anal retentive political correctness, Mr. Cortzen displays what a wildly entertaining world we live in. A beautiful middle finger of obscenity in your face, you regulatory fucks. One should not forget the progressive merit of being wildly and gleefully inappropriate.

Yours truly,

By: Tomas Tue, 20 Nov 2012 22:43:19 +0000 A day after you posted your thoughtful review Mads Brügger was fired from his job as program manager at a large danish radio station. Coincidence? I’ll let someone else be the judge of that ;-)

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By: Joe Corneli Sat, 10 Nov 2012 11:52:58 +0000 Your comments about «the film I’d like to see him make» are certainly thoughtful — maybe they’re secretly the idea for your own next film project?

By: Tim Sat, 10 Nov 2012 04:17:21 +0000 I saw an “in conversation” long form interview and Q&A with Mads Brügger and John Saffran at the Melbourne International Film Festival and they discussed how a lot of documentaries are “poverty porn”, I was kicking myself for not asking if he had seen the documentary “Whores Glory” that has actual porn in amongst the poverty porn, they do not flinch in showing what a prositute actually does.

It was interesting hearing Mads talking about his parents being journalists and trying to live up to their standards and them having to abandon a undercover report at a clown convention due to getting all the clowns drunk.

One question that slightly threw him was the “pedophile rights” group that appeared on TV in Denmark (they fell apart due internal disagreements rather than the public lynching them.)

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