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posted 13 December 2005 12:29 PM      Profile for robbie_dee     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
From Reuters.

ALMATY (Reuters) - The authorities in Kazakhstan, angered by a British comedian's satirical portrayal of a boorish, sexist and racist Kazakh television reporter, have pulled the plug on his alter ego's Web site.

Sacha Baron Cohen plays Borat in his "Da Ali G Show" and last month he used the character's Web site to respond sarcastically to legal threats from the Central Asian state's Foreign Ministry.

A government-appointed organization regulating Web sites that end in the .kz domain name for Kazakhstan confirmed on Tuesday it had suspended Cohen's site.

"We've done this so he can't badmouth Kazakhstan under the .kz domain name," Nurlan Isin, President of the Association of Kazakh IT Companies, told Reuters. "He can go and do whatever he wants at other domains."

Isin said the Web site had broken new rules on all .kz sites maintaining two computer servers in Kazakhstan and had registered false names for its administrators.

Cohen, as Borat, hosted the MTV Europe Music Awards in Lisbon last month and described shooting dogs for fun and said his wife could not leave Kazakhstan as she was a woman.

Afterwards, Kazakhstan's Foreign Ministry said it could not rule out that he was under "political orders" to denigrate Kazakhstan's name and threatened to sue him.

Cohen, who is Jewish, responded to the legal threats on the site in character, saying: "I have no connection to Mr Cohen and fully support my government's position to sue this Jew."

In typical vein, he went on: "Please, captain of industry, I invite you to come to Kazakhstan, where we have incredible natural resources, hard working labor and some of the cleanest prostitutes in all of Central Asia."

Borat is one of several outrageous characters devised by Cohen in his television shows. He shot to fame as Ali G, who mocks street gang culture, and also plays Bruno, a gay Austrian fashion show presenter.

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posted 14 December 2005 12:30 AM      Profile for Hawkins     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thats intense. Reuter's had a reporter in Almaty to cover this?

I gotta be truthful, I learned more about Kazakstan from Borat than their turist pamphlet. And more that was accurate. Granted I have never read the pamphlet, or seen one for that matter, but he didn't lie about the president's name or the name of the city, Almaty, that he visited.

Whether this is PC or not. Probably not. But I Cohen full credit for getting to the heart of American and British culture with his outlandish stunts. The whole worlds the stage, I guess.

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