27 May 2007

Miss Kazakhstan 2007 speaks out against Borat. No, really.

Miss Kazakhstan said her country is preparing its own movie in response to "Borat," which portrayed the Central Asian nation as bigoted and backward.

Gauhkar Rakhmetalieva, a contestant at the Miss Universe beauty pageant, said her government is filming the movie to show the nation's positive sides.

Rakhmetalieva admitted "Borat" brought much-need publicity to Kazakhstan and theres no hard feelings. Oh, well thats good to know.

"In the end we have to understand that it was only a joke," Rakhmetalieva said ahead of Monday's Miss Universe pageant in Mexico City. "The advantage is that now our country is world famous. As people are looking toward us, we have the opportunity to show how we really are: a modern country with infrastructure and a very developed culture."

British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's film, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," won several awards but angered some for its portrayal of Kazakhstan. The movie also poked fun at Americans.

And that's where I draw the line.

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