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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Borat Banned

image hosted by BloggerooniI know this is old news, but our wise and tolerant movie censors have decided that Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan will not be showing in cinemas in the UAE. I am so pleased they made that decision on my behalf, because I am too stupid to make it for myself.

And what's with Kazakhstan anyway? Before this movie happened I had heard the name, but couldn't place it accurately on a map, didn't know that it is bigger than Western Europe, had no clue that the capital was called Almaty, and was quite unaware that some of it is very pretty and they want tourists to go there. I think Sacha Baron Cohen has done them a great favour in the 'there ain't no such thing as bad publicity' department.

Maybe the movie was banned so we could cuddle up to Kazakhstan and get some cheap oil and gas from them? Just a thought.

Meanwhile, if the Chinese DVD Lady is reading this, please swing by, my dirhams are waiting.

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Blogger marwan said...

I sell stuff to Almaty. Nice bunch over there.

Who the hell in UAE is being offended, exactly, by the Borat movie - considering that he spends the entire running time lampooning America, along with the occasional Jew.

One would think people starved of satire would lap it in this big neon nighttrap we call home. But then, I've learned not to overestimate our esteemed audiences.

9:53 pm  
Blogger Haroun El Poussah said...

As soon as it is on DVD, I will buy it in some airport or another and see it anyway...

12:24 pm  
Blogger DesertNorm said...

The reasons that one of the screening committee gave for banning it were quite ridiculous.

“We all left because the film was extremely offensive and void of any story, substance or even comedy,” Abdul-Hamid said.

I can understand banning me from seeing nudity as I am weak minded and easily corrupted but banning a film because its not funny seems that the censors are going beyond their mandate. I wonder what the same censors would make of 'Keeping Up Appearances' on BBC Prime? That is seriously unfunny. But thats just my opinion and obviously I am not in a postion to judge for others.

Ah well, at least its relieved me of the tedious problem of having to decide for myself where I set the boundaries of poor taste. Actually, no it just means I won't be going to the cinema any time soon.

10:29 am  
Blogger Taunted said...

I'm going to see it tonight....

In London!

2:13 pm  
Blogger trailingspouse said...

It looks like a hoot! Can't wait to buy it when we're out on parole . . . I mean vacation. I saw a clip of it with Borat, dressed in an American flag cowboy shirt, addressing a crowded stadium and praising them for their "war of terror". I love it!

4:30 pm  
Blogger marwan said...

That's rich, the screening committee advising us on what's funny.

4:48 pm  
Blogger Dubai Entrepreneur said...

That really sucks.. I was looking forward to the movie. When I saw that the Kaza folks and Russians banned it, I thought the UAE might just jump on the bandwagon -- sure enough, they did.

Keefie, the problem is that the bootleg DVD's are of poor quality and you are better off grabbing a bittorrent -- it's the same crap quality. Your only options are:

1. Watch it if you're traveling somewhere civilized with a sense of freedom AND have the time.

2. Wait for the DVD to come out and _then_ either buy the real DVD (too complicated) or download an illegal version.

Quite frankly, there aren't that many options. I quit going to the movies for awhile until recently. I went to see "The Departed" last week. Superb, if you must know. I love dialog-based movies. But on a whole, the options have been rather limited and hardly worth the hassle or the money.

Shame, really.

1:59 pm  
Blogger Taunted said...

As I said earlier, I saw it last night and I must say I've never laughed so much in a long, long time. The way he takes the pi55 out of America is unbelievable, they just lap him up (real people doing what they thought were real interviews/meetings) The bit where he and his very, very fat "producer" gate-crash a mortgage advisors convention while totally naked had everyone crying!
The subtlties are superb too, like the chicken in the suitcase and the bears head in the fridge.

Superb, absolutely superb!

3:20 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My mate went to the cinema to watch this last night and thought it was hillarious.

I believe you can see one of the TV show episodes on You Tube... Borat on You Tube

Enjoy!

:o)

5:17 pm  

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