Kazakhstan Is Now Using Borat for Tourism Ads, Even as Kazakh-Americans Condemn ‘Borat 2’

Kazakhstan Is Now Using Borat for Tourism Ads, Even as Kazakh-Americans Condemn ‘Borat 2’
The Kazakh American Association is speaking out against the Amazon Prime release of Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Borat 2,” which the group says includes racist depictions of Kazakhs that could “incite violence against a highly vulnerable and underrepresented minority ethnic group.” In an October 20 letter sent to Amazon executives (via Variety), the association requested the streaming giant cancel the “Borat 2” release after the original “Borat” film subjected the Kazakh community to “ethnicity-based humiliation.”

“Considering today’s socially aware political climate, why is a racist film which openly berates, bullies and traumatizes a nation comprised of people of color an acceptable form of entertainment that meets Amazon’s ethical values?” the letter states. “Why is our small nation fair game for public ridicule?”

The letter continues: “In this film, a white person adorns a Kazakh persona and then culturally appropriates and belittles everything we stand for. We, Kazakhs, are a small nation,
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