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News alert: Borat not real!

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1599__borat_l_2 I know that education is severely lacking in this country, and that most American children, sadly, cannot find China on a map, let alone Kazakhstan. (And forget about spelling it; that right there took me two tries, and I graduated long before No Child Left Behind took effect.)

HOWEVER. I should think that the adults of this country, as well as many other Westernized nations around the world, should be able to discern the difference between an actual documentary and comedic satire. Sadly, this is turning out to not be true, and now there is real live hysteria about the effect that Sacha Baron Cohen’s upcoming Borat movie is going to have on international relations between the U.S. and its Kazakh friends. It started with the KZ prez expressing much dismay that the movie even exists, then Bush inviting the KZ prez over for a slumber party to make amends, and now our friends over at Reuters have written a very nice article titled “Don’t pity the Kazakhs — they aren’t like Borat.”

Two things:

1) DEAR GOD REALLY I HAD NO IDEA YOU HAVE CHANGED MY LIFE REUTERS

2) Um, isn’t Baron Cohen British? Is everything our fault now?