As funny as the Borat movie appears to be, and as little as I care about making fun of people for their own decisions, I think it's really cruel to mock poor, uneducated people who have had little opportunity to better themselves.

When Sacha Baron Cohen wanted a village to represent the impoverished Kazakh home of his character Borat, he found the perfect place in Glod: a remote mountain outpost with no sewerage or running water and where locals eke out meagre livings peddling scrap iron or working patches of land. ...

Villagers say they were paid just £3 each for this humiliation, for a film that took around £27million at the worldwide box office in its first week of release. ...

So when a Hollywood film crew descended on a nearby run-down motel last September, with their flashy cars and expensive equipment, locals thought their lowly community might finally be getting some of the investment it so desperately needs. ...

Luca, who now refers to Baron Cohen as to the 'ugly, tall, moustachioed American man', even though the 35-year-old comedian is British, said: 'They paid my family £30 for four full days. They were nice and friendly, but we could not understand a single word they were saying.

'It was very uncomfortable at the end and there was animal manure all over our home. We endured it because we are poor and badly needed the money, but now we realise we were cheated and taken advantage of in the worst way.

'All those things they said about us in the film are terribly humiliating. They said we drink horse urine and sleep with our own kin. You say it's comedy, but how can someone laugh at that?'

Spirea Ciorobea, who played the 'village mechanic and abortionist', said: 'What I saw looks disgusting. Even if we are uneducated and poor, it is not fair that someone does this to us.'

Mr. Ciorobea is right. It's one thing to mock feminists, Jews, Christians, Republican politicians, and others for the amusing aspects of their beliefs, but I think it's disgraceful to take advantage of miserably poor people who have no idea what's going on. They aren't poor by choice, and from the article it's evident that they aren't stupid. They "get it" now that the trick is over, but they don't think it's funny, and neither do I. I was looking forward to renting Borat when it came out on DVD, but now I don't think I will.

There, but for the grace of God, go I.

Update:

Looks like one New Yorker decided not to put up with "Borat"'s antics.

The comedian - who created the fake sexist and racist Kazakhstan reporter Borat - approached a man in New York and said: "I like your clothes. Are nice! Please may I buying? I want have sex with it."

The man didn't find his comments funny and punched Cohen in the face.

Cohen cried out for help, but his pleas were ignored and he was repeatedly hit. Hello, he was in New York!

Nice.

(HT: My brother.)

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