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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Too good not to share: Kuwaitis play Borat anthem at shooting medal ceremony

This is too good not to share. Kazakhstan won the world shooting championship in Kuwait on Thursday, and instead of the real anthem, the Kuwaiti organizers played the Borat comedy version.

Let's go to the videotape. More after the video.

Footage of Thursday's original ceremony posted on YouTube shows gold medallist Maria Dmitrienko listening to the anthem without emotion and finally smiling as it ends.

Coach Anvar Yunusmetov told Kazakh news agency Tengrinews that the tournament's organisers had also got the Serbian national anthem wrong.

"Then Maria Dmitrienko's turn came," he said. "She got up on to the pedestal and they played a completely different anthem, offensive to Kazakhstan."

The spoof song praises Kazakhstan for its superior potassium exports and for having the cleanest prostitutes in the region.

The film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, released in 2006, follows Baron Cohen's character, the journalist Borat Sagdiyev, as he travels to the US and pursues the actress Pamela Anderson.

The film outraged people in Kazakhstan and was eventually banned in the country. The government also threatened Baron Cohen with legal action.

Reports say the film is also banned in Kuwait.
It's Saturday night....

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At 10:06 AM, Blogger Abe Bird said...

Fair play to Mariah, acted with great dignity. I see two sides of it really, yes it's funny but I am not convinced the competitor is that pleased, she had no real choice but to smile it off. The Kuwaities did a sloppy job; I hope they won’t blame the Jews again!

At 11:02 AM, Blogger HaDaR said...

How can anyone say that these Arabs are less antisemitic and less idiotic than Poles? ;-)


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