Skip to comments.Borat makes life tough for Kazakh TV crew
Posted on 11/30/2006 7:23:06 AM PST by MadIvan
A genuine TV reporter crew from Kazakhstan found covering the recent US elections something of a struggle.
A TV crew from Kazakhstan's Channel 31 was in Columbus to make a documentary on the US political system.
But the crew got a wary reception from press secretaries who feared public humiliation by Sacha Baron Cohen.
It didn't help that the Kazakh cameraman's first name was 'Bolat', reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Cohen's 'Borat' movie - featuring a fake Kazakh TV reporter humiliating Americans - was then No 1 at the box office.
Press secretaries for both Republican and Democratic parties were suspicious enough to verify their credentials with the US State Department.
"They were really adamant that they were not Borat," said Ohio Democratic Party press secretary Randy Borntrager.
State Department officials who supervised the TV crew's two-week trip say they got apprehensive phone calls wherever they went. Even the FBI called to make sure the crew was legitimate.
"The timing of this was not good for the TV crew, because a lot of people thought they weren't for real," said George Santulli, the State Department official who oversaw their trip.
Everybody can laugh all they want, Cohen is a despicable punk who goes looking for anti-Semitism among American Christians while ignoring the real dangers on the continent and from I'manutjob in Iran. He can get bent.
Can't blame them for being suspicious. An unfortunate outcome that could have been avoided if Cohen had used a fictional nation.
Amen. Notice in the movie he didn't try his anti-semitism gag in the Pentecostal church?
I haven't seen the movie, but that doesn't surprise me. Of course, maybe he did try it, and the uncomfortable silence/cries of outrage were left on the cutting room floor. He's told people in post movie interviews that he thinks American evangelicals are a major source of anti-Semitism, so looking for it there would be (in his view) like you or me looking for black jokes at a Klan picnic.
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