Just as Borat passes the $100m mark at the US box office, so it seems Kazakhstan is being called to embrace the Jewish brain behind it – Sacha Baron Cohen.
The comedian has had his name suggested for a national award in Kazakhstan, despite lampooning the country in the film.
The movie was originally slammed by country officials for portraying Kazakhstan as a backward place that was intolerant to minorities, including Jews.
But a leading Kazakh novelist, Sapabek Asip-uly is calling on his nation’s intelligentsia to give Cohen its annual award, according to a letter he wrote to one of the country’s national newspapers.
“Borat has managed to spark an immense interest of the whole world in Kazakhstan, something our authorities could not do during the years of independence,” said the author.
“If state officials completely lack a sense of humor, their country becomes a laughing stock.”
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