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Kazakh Organization & CAIR-FL Want Award Shows To Ban 'Borat 2' From Competing

By By Aayush Sharma, For International Business Times, On 17 November 2020, Read Original
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The Kazakh American Association has urged the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards, and Directors Guild of America Awards to ban Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” from competing in the upcoming awards season.

The association wrote a letter to the award shows alleging that Cohen “exploited” Kazakhstan. The organization also accused “Borat 2” of promoting “whitewashing, ethnic stereotyping, racism, cultural appropriation, and xenophobia,” Variety first reported.

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The letter, co-signed by the Hollywood Film Academy (HFA) and Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), also explained that the people of Kazakhstan have reported a large number of “sexual and physical harassment as well as bullying” incidents due to the “Borat” film series.

Hiba Rahim, CAIR’s Tampa Bay regional coordinator, and Gia Noortas, HFA CEO, alleged that Kazakh women have been exposed to sexual harassment since the release of “Borat” in 2006. Their statement also accused Cohen of taking advantage of Kazakhstan’s relatively small population and lack of political or economic power.

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