Kazakhstan thanks Borat for boosting tourism in country

Published: April 25, 2012

Kazakhstan thanks Cohen for his movie Borat. PHOTO: REUTERS

Kazakhstan warmed up to controversial British actor Sacha Baron Cohen on Monday when its government thanked the actor for helping boost the former Soviet nation’s tourism industry, the BBC reported.

The country had threatened to sue the actor in 2005 for his outrageous comedy flick Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, for portraying the country in a negative light.

Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov told politicians, “with the release of this film, the number of visas issued by Kazakhstan grew tenfold. I am grateful to ‘Borat’ for helping attract tourists to Kazakhstan.”

After the movie’s release in 2006, the authorities had apparently banned the film, sales of the DVD and blocked users from visiting Borat’s website.

The film follows journalist and television personality Borat Sagdiyev as he travels to the United States where he receives a cultural shock. He even pursues Hollywood bombshell Pamela Anderson.

Kazakhstan officials had opined that the movie, with parts shot in Romania, portrayed Kazakhstan as a racist, sexist and primitive country.

In the movie, Cohen’s character Borat bragged about incest and rape in the country, joking that it had the cleanest prostitutes in the world.

So profound is the movie’s influence, that last month the spoof national anthem  of Kazakhstan from Borat was played at a sports event in Kuwait by mistake, after which the country lodged a formal complaint with the Olympic Committee of Asia.

Reader Comments (5)

  • khalsa
    Apr 25, 2012 - 1:16PM

    ive seen borat…damn funny movie but very vulgar Recommend

  • waqas
    Apr 25, 2012 - 2:58PM

    Kazakhstan greatest country in the world.All other countries are run by little girls.

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  • j. von hettlingen
    Apr 25, 2012 - 7:51PM

    The whole wolrd has been underestimating Sasha Baron Cohen’s talent and influence all the time!

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  • arqum
    Apr 28, 2012 - 3:26PM

    It is niieecee.. I likeee.

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  • Apr 29, 2012 - 12:26AM

    @waqas:
    Very nice, how much?

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