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Bush, Borat & International Diplomacy

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It’s no surprise that Nursultan Nazarbayev, president of Kazakhstan, is none too happy with Sacha Baron Cohen’s popular yet politically very incorrect character Borat. What is odd is that Borat has apparently been deemed worthy of an “official talk” item when Nazarbayev meets with Dubya, president of the good old US and A.
I’m sure Bush will be able to smooth everything over. He’s SO diplomatic, especially when it comes to understanding foreign cultures.
Ironically, the Kazakh government’s public displeasure with Borat is landing tons of free press for the upcoming Borat movie. Hmmm…
For what it’s worth, I was able to check out the Borat movie last week, and politically correct or not, it’s one of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen. Like Cohen’s other character, Ali G, it’s all very tongue-in-cheek. Clearly not meant to be taken seriously. Brace yourself for the “hand party” scene. And the remarkable banana hammock (see photo).
I want to make thank you to Gary R. to bring this news to the attention of me.

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