Mr. Borat Goes to Washington
Fake Kazakhstani reporter threatens Uzbekistan with catapults
Borat Sagdiyev was turned away at the White House gates on Thursday, Sept. 28 after inviting "Premier George Walter [sic] Bush," "Mel Gibsons," O.J. Simpson and other "American dignitaries" to a screening of his movie, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," reports Reuters.
The faux Kazakhstani's visit preceded an official visit by real-life Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev by a day.
The Kazakhstan government has sought to distance itself from the Borat character, whom they fear reflects badly on their people. Borat first appeared on Cohen's HBO series "Da Ali G Show," in which he was one of many odd, generally politically incorrect characters. Borat is portrayed as a friendly foreigner who shocks his adopted country with highly inappropriate comments of a sexual, scatological or anti-Semitic nature.
"He is not a Kazakh. What he represents is a country of Boratastan, a country of one," said Kazakh press secretary Roman Vasilenko.
Borat's pranking continued after a statue dedication ceremony in front of the Kazakh embassy. He claimed that a Kazakh publicity campaign seen in magazines lately were nothing more than "disgusting fabrications" by the neighboring Uzbekistan.
"If there is one more item of Uzbek propaganda claiming that we do not drink fermented horse urine, give death penalty for baking bagels, or export over 300 tons of human pubis per year, then we will be left with no alternative but to commence bombardment of their cities with our catapults," Borat said.
Cohen, 35, was also recently seen in "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" and heard as the voice of the head lemur in the animated "Madagascar." "Borat" made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and will be unleashed in theaters nationwide on Friday, Nov. 3.