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Kazakh community, CAIR & CAIR-Florida calls for Borat sequel to be banned from awards consideration

By By Celebretainment, For Tulsa World, On 17 November 2020, Read Original
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The Kazakh American Association wants 'Borat Subsequent Moviefilm' banned from awards consideration.

The nonprofit organisation - which is dedicated to "preserving and promoting" Kazakhstan's heritage and culture in the US - has hit out at Sacha Baron Cohen's sequel for an alleged racist portrayal, and called on the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Directors Guild of America and BAFTAs to bar the comedy.


A letter - which is co-signed by the Hollywood Film Academy and Council on American-Islamic Relations - reads: "The Kazakh community worldwide is underrepresented and inherently vulnerable.

“Our nation is still recovering from an oppressive colonial past, which is why we do not have substantial media representation.

"Sacha Baron Cohen understands this fact and exploits Kazakhstan by hijacking our ethnic identity, whitewashing us by portraying us as Eastern Europeans, and inciting harassment toward Kazakh people worldwide.

"Our people report countless cases of sexual and physical harassment as well as bullying due to the Borat franchise.”

HFA CEO Gia Noortas and CAIR's Tampa Bay's regional coordinator Hiba Rahim claimed in a joint statement that the original 2006 'Borat' movie resulted in discrimination towards Kazakh people.

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