In response to the media hype surrounding the controversial antics of Kazakhstan journalist Borat, the character portayed by comedian Sacha Baron-Cohen and the imminent release of his new film, the Guardian has published an article by Kazakhstan’s ambassador to the UK, Erlan Idrissov.
Kazakhstan is an easy target to poke fun at. Very little is known in the West about the oil-rich former Soviet state and it has no significant ex-pat community within the UK. Had the character been Pakistani or Jamaican there would have been an outcry. But now it seems that Borat’s misogynistic, anti-semitic and homophobic leanings have gone too far, as the ambassador very diplomatically states.
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
Posted by CW at 6:49 PM