Sacha Baron Cohen has offered to pay the fines of six Czech tourists who were arrested for wearing Borat-inspired mankinis in Kazakhstan. Baron Cohen, of course, made a name for himself for his hit HBO series Da Ali G Show, where, in the guise of the rapper Ali G, fashionista Bruno and Kazakh TV host Borat Sagdiyev, he would conduct fake interviews with unknowing subjects.
The success of the show gave Baron Cohen enough momentum to reprise Borat for the big screen in Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan in 2006, where the culturally insensitive rogue journalist traveled to the United States to make a “movie-film” (aka documentary) about the American people to show his people of Kazakhstan – as well as seek out Baywatch icon Pamela Anderson, to ask for her hand in marriage.
In one of the many memorable scenes in Borat, the frizzy-haired, mustachioed character decided to take a swim, wearing a luminescent lime-green mankini that graphically revealed his front and back sides. While the film was released in theaters 11 years ago, apparently it still has a lot of staying power with six men from the Czech Republic, who earlier this month dared to wear their own Borat bikinis while visiting the city of Astana, Kazakhstan. The problem is, the Kazakh government didn’t take to kindly to the portrayal of its country in Borat and banned the film – an action apparently fresh in the mind of police officers in Astana, who arrested the men for “photographing in an obscene manner.” As a result, each of the six Czech men were fined 22,500 Tenge, or $67 in the U.S.
Now, out of respect for the mankini-wearing Czechs, Baron Cohen has offered to reimburse the men for their troubles. Boran Cohen wrote on his Facebook page, “To my Czech mates who were arrested. Send me your details and proof that it was you, and I’ll pay your fine.” In classic Baron Cohen fashion, the comedian even created a special email address where the men could reach him: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can see Baron Cohen’s post below:
It’s a class move by Baron Cohen to step forward to pay the fines if not a necessary one, because, after all, it was his outrageous comedy that inspired the men’s daring moves to wear the mankinis in Kazakhstan in the first place. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to remind people of the modern comedy classic, which scored a monster take of $261.5 million worldwide and earned Baron Cohen a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar nomination.
With any luck, the Czech men’s daring ode to the character will inspire Baron to bring the character back in some capacity, whether it be on TV or another big screen adventure.
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