“Borat” Victims Strike Back

As “Borat” continues to top the box office charts, MSN provides a nifty round up of who among the film’s victims have filed lawsuits or are threatening to file. In addition to fraternity members and villagers from Glod, Romania, there are plenty of others who are just plain upset at the fake TV news reporter from Kazakhstan. If you haven’t seen the movie, just a taste: In just one segment Borat sings the praises of slavery and anti-semitism and brings feces to a dinner table.

Kathie Martin runs an etiquette school in Birmingham, Ala., and was upset when Borat showed her nude pictures of his son.

“Unless you can figure it out for yourself, you have no way of knowing you have been tricked into being part of a childish prank with an R rating attached,” she told the Associated Press via e-mail.

“And even if you figure it out, you’ve signed a release that Mr. Cohen’s people say relinquishes any rights on your part to take action against them.”

Fox says that the lawsuits are without merit.

Contrary to the notion that the movie exposes America’s crassness, Slate’s Christopher Hitchens marvels that so many of the victims kept their cool as Borat performed his schtick.

Hitchens writes: “Oh, come on. Among the ‘cultural learnings of America for make benefit glorious nation of Kazakhstan’ is the discovery that Americans are almost pedantic in their hospitality and politesse. At a formal dinner in Birmingham, Ala., the guests discuss Borat while he’s out of the room—filling a bag with ordure in order to bring it back to the table, as it happens—and agree what a nice young American he might make. And this is after he has called one guest a retard and grossly insulted the wife of another (and remember, it’s “Americana” that is “crass”).”

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