Monday, November 14, 2005

Borat in trouble with Kazakhstan Government

Kazakh govt threatens to take comedian to court
Mon Nov 14, 2005 1:41
PM GMT

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ASTANA
(Reuters) - Kazakhstan's Foreign Ministry threatened legal action on Monday against comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, who wins laughs by portraying the central Asian state as a country populated by drunks who enjoy cow-punching as a sport.

Baron Cohen, who portrays a spoof Kazakh television presenter Borat in his "Da Ali G Show", has won fame ridiculing Kazakhstan, the world's ninth largest country yet still little known to many in the West.

Baron Cohen appears to have drawn official Kazakh ire after he hosted the annual MTV Europe Music Awards show in Lisbon earlier this month as Borat, who arrived in an Air Kazakh propeller plane controlled by a one-eyed pilot clutching a vodka bottle.

"We do not rule out that Mr. Cohen is serving someone's political order designed to present Kazakhstan and its people in a derogatory way," Kazakh Foreign Ministry spokesman Yerzhan Ashykbayev told a news briefing.

"We reserve the right to any legal action to prevent new pranks of the kind." He declined to elaborate.

Cohen's earlier jokes about the Central Asian state include claims that the people would shoot a dog and then have a party,
and that local wine was made from fermented horse urine.

"We view Mr. Cohen's behaviour at the MTV Europe Music Awards as utterly unacceptable, being a concoction of bad taste and ill manners which is completely incompatible with ethics and civilised behaviour," Ashykbayev said.

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3 Comments:

At 11/14/2005 4:54 PM, Blogger RabbitGirl said...

Wait a minute - this is a REAL PLACE??? Jesus H Roosevelt Christ on a pogo stick.

I just became one of "those" Americans.

I am ashamed.

 
At 11/14/2005 5:08 PM, Blogger Jason said...

high five!

 
At 11/14/2005 7:31 PM, Blogger Z said...

I like!

 

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