Friday, April 21, 2006

What if I Make a Smell?

Dariga Nazarbayeva, the daughter of the president of Kazakhstan,
has come to Borat Sagdiyev's defense
. For those of you who don't know, Borat is a hopelessly inept "Kazakh" character portrayed by British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen (aka Ali G.) on Da Ali G. Show. Represent.

AFP calls Borat a "heavily-moustached, misogynistic character", which they could have more mellifluously put as "mustachioed misogynist", but hey, they're French. Perhaps that also explains why they fail to mention that Borat is a raving anti-Semite, too, a point that Kazakhstan has most vigorously protested, and with good reason. Kazakhstan would best be described as one of the least anti-Semitic countries in the Muslim world.

Borat, not so much. His festive rendition of "Throw the Jew Down the Well" as performed for a group of enthusiastic Texas yokels springs to mind. Then there's this comment from "Borat" about Sacha Baron Cohen: "I like to state, I have no connection with Mr Cohen and fully support my government's position to sue this Jew."

And that basically is Kazakhstan's plan. They're looking into legal action against Cohen and they've already shut down access to his website in the country. That's where Dariga comes in with a little dose of sanity.
I think that we shouldn't be afraid of humour, it's not worth trying to control everything.... This Internet site has caused less damage to our image than its closure, which was covered by all international news agencies.
Let's hope dad doesn't send her to jail. Or worse, Uzbekistan. When asked for comment, Borat said, "I like it! Is goooood! She remind me of a my sister..."
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