Sometimes Superman sureptitiously used his powers despite being in his Clark Kent persona. In the same way sometimes Ali G’s disguise slips and Sasha Baron-Cohen – Cambridge University graduate – shows through.
In his TV show he once hosted a group of aging animal rights activists. The more ignorant he played it the more patronising and self-satisfied they became.
“So you won’t eat chicken?” “Oh no, never. Chickens are precious beings; who are we to…”, etc.
And then he revealed his hidden powers: “Ah, but would you eat a chicken if I said that if you don’t I’m going to kill another chicken?”
The camera showed Ali G’s delight at his zinger; the interviewees looked like stunned mullets. It’s amazing how many clever people aren’t very good thinkers – probably because they spend so much of their time with back-slappers.
It’s a worthwhile exercise to ponder on the deep issue Ali G raises: are we (they, you, I) also rather too in love with our cherished ‘values’, ‘beliefs’, and ‘principles’ instead of with what the values, etc. require of us, namely live worthwhile lives? I.e. how much would it take to expose our phoniness?