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Borat Threatened with Lawsuits from Villagers and Frat Boys


Following Borat's collection of nearly $70 million in receipts in its first two weeks at the box office, Sacha Baron Cohen has been threatened by lawsuits from a couple of groups who found themselves surprised by their depiction in the film. Two of the drunken frat brothers (but not the third apparently), humiliated by having their racism and sexism exposed in the mockumentary, and the Romanian villagers (portrayed as Kazakhs), who say the film mocks their poverty and isolation, want to make lawsuit!

Who's next? Elderly Jewish bed and breakfast owners, homophobic cowboys, portly men with hairy bottoms, or gay pride revelers?

As noted by one of our commenters, here's the Salon article detailing what's real and what's not in Borat.

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  1. Actually the elder couple loved it. did a great article on how the people featured in the film felt about their cinema debuts.

    Oh and nice to see some Borat news here - a friend of mine entered a Halloween costume contest here in Toronto at Woody's (big gay bar) and no one there knew who the hell Borat was. As I said at the time, "it's odd all those homos didn't know who Borat was considering most of them are dressed like Bruno."

    Posted by: Justin... | Nov 13, 2006 11:59:52 AM

  2. I don't know all of the details, but if it is true that the Fratboys signed their releases while drunk, I think they would have a case for claiming the contracts they signed are invalid.

    Posted by: Dean | Nov 13, 2006 1:14:31 PM

  3. So what's next, a lawsuit against because some idiot did not think the four cameras recording his wank session were actually turned on?

    It's time idiots begin owning up to the crap they say and believe.

    Posted by: Rad | Nov 13, 2006 2:19:38 PM

  4. I guarantee that if "Borat,..." had not grossed 110 million dollars in box office receipts, nobody would be suing... It's exactly the same phenomenon that a person experiences when he or she unexpectedly inherits a million dollars from a long lost forgotten uncle. It's amazing how many new close personal friends and loving family relatives who suddenly pop out of the woodwork, all holding out their hands for money...

    Posted by: Robert In WeHo | Nov 13, 2006 3:15:51 PM

  5. Spread the ill-gotten wealth, Sasha Baron Cohen! You set people up, ply them with drinks and nag these nice genteel people until they grudgingly agree with things you crudely exaggerate.
    Why does a Cambridge-educated millionaire (Cohen)warrant endless adulation, while the victims of his vicious set-ups get sneered at simply for the rather common "privilege" of having been admitted to a fraternity? Is it selective envy? Have a heart and stop siding with the rich paparazzo who harasses humble prey!

    Posted by: Antaeus | Nov 13, 2006 3:26:31 PM

  6. Baron Cohen & Co also duped poor villagers in Romania who were used as extras in 'Borat' and were told at the outset that the film would be a documentary about their impoverished living conditions. THey were paid just a few dollars to appear and had no idea what Cohen was saying to the camera. The amputee in the film had no idea that the rubber fist that was attached to his stump was a sex aid...

    This is, to my mind, on the same contemptuous level as travelling freak shows in Victorian England when 'freaks' were paid a pittance to show off their disabilities to a titilated crowd. In other words, pure exploitation of desperate people for a "hysterical, side-splitting laugh" to make millions of quick bucks for Cohen & Co.

    Posted by: David London | Nov 13, 2006 3:49:10 PM


    Ya gotta read Andy Tobias' column today regarding his friend that appeared in Borat. He was told that he was doing a travel documentary!

    Posted by: Mark | Nov 13, 2006 3:53:37 PM

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