Kazakhstan Fights Back

by Laurence on 9/16/2004 · 3 comments

Against HBO’s Ali G Show:

Roman Vassilenko, the press secretary for the Embassy of Kazakhstan, wants to clear up a few misconceptions about his country. Women are not kept in cages. The national sport is not shooting a dog and then having a party. You cannot earn a living being a Gypsy catcher. Wine is not made from fermented horse urine. It is not customary for a man to grab another’s khrum. “Khrum” is not the word for testicles.

These falsehoods, and many others, have been spread by Borat, a character on “Da Ali G Show” which recently finished its second season on HBO.

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upyernoz September 17, 2004 at 9:45 am

what is it with HBO and kazakhstan? tony soprano’s russian girlfriend was also from kazakhstan

Mark Hamm September 19, 2004 at 12:11 am

In a few episodes this character (or a similiar one) has been from Uzbekistan. In a way I don’t think the program is making fun of the Central Asians but more of the ignorance of the Westerners the joke is being pulled on. Very funny stuff!

Tim Newman September 19, 2004 at 1:42 am

I have to say, Borat looks more Turkish than Kazakh. Still, it’s damned funny, and I agree with Mark that the joke is on Westerners not Kazakhs.

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