Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Borat lands in Paris

"Good afternoon gentlemen and prostitutes. How much? I have dollars... ."
This is how Borat (
Sacha Baron Cohen) opened a press conference in Paris yesterday to promote his new film, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan."
He went on to say: "We in Kazakhstan admire very much Premier Bush. He is very wise man but not only this, he is very strong," said Borat adding, "Although perhaps not as strong as his father, Barbara. Tough guy. Like John Waynes." Source
Cohen has not only managed to offend Jewish organisations, but also the government of Kazakstan who went to great expense to take out a four-page full-color ad in the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune in September, to try and undo some of the damage he has done to the country's image.
According to TMZ, " The special four-page insert entitled "Kazakhstan in the 21st Century" features a photo of the country's president Nursultan Nazarbayev on its front page shaking hands with President George W. Bush... . And the thirteen articles contained within propagandize broadly over such topics as "Transforming the mixed blessing of a nuclear legacy" and "Petroleum players seek their fortune in the City of London" (that's what it says, folks). The ad likely cost somewhere around $300,000 - $400,000 to run; Kazakhstan's per capita income was approximately $7,500, according to 2004 estimates. Source
(Loads) more on Borat here.

Photo c/o movies.yahoo.com

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