Oh Borat…

by Nathan Hamm on 1/13/2005 · 5 comments

It’s probably unfair to real Kazakhs for me to put this in the Kazakhstan category, but…

Borat Sagdiyev nearly started a riot at a Virgina rodeo at which organizers had agreed to let him sing the national anthem.

After telling the crowd he supported America’s war on terrorism, he said, “I hope you kill every man, woman and child in Iraq, down to the lizards … And may George W. Bush drink the blood of every man, woman and child in Iraq.” He then sang a garbled version of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The Roanoke Times reported that the crowd turned “downright nasty.” One observer said “If he had been out there a minute longer, I think somebody would have shot him.”

UPDATE: But, was it really Borat? Probably… But the E&P story is worth checking out.

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Andy January 13, 2005 at 2:26 pm

Just out of curiosity… what were the crowd pissed at him for?

That he wanted George Bush to drink Iraqi lizard blood, or that he mangled the Star Spangled Banner?

Nathan January 13, 2005 at 2:57 pm

Well, considering that it’s a rodeo in North Carolina I would guess it just all kind of climaxed once he butchered the anthem. We get pretty pissy about people messing up that song, even if it is more or less set to the tune of a drinking song.

Mark Hamm January 14, 2005 at 2:00 am

In the link they qoute a caller as saying ‘a semi-terroist’ made threats against Pres. Bush. Sounds like the people present knew something wasn’t right but weren’t sure what. Dark curly hair, talks funny… must be a semi-terrorist or something.

Matt Frost January 19, 2005 at 8:42 am

The event was in Virginia.
I know, every state in the Union has a “Salem,” but it’s worth getting right.

This is the The Salem Civic Center’s website. Here’s hoping Borat comes back for the Rough ‘n Rowdy Brawl and/or the Gun Show.

Nathan January 19, 2005 at 9:16 am

You know what? I remember seeing that I had made the error, but it looks like I forgot to fix it. It was the “Roanoke” that made me think North Carolina.

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