Aw: Kazakhstan still hurting from “Borat”

“The film has left a negative stain on our country, and our students abroad are hurting in their hearts,” Bekbolat Tleukhan opined.

“They are opposed to the fact that their country is shown in a bad light. I ask that measures be taken.”…

A recent graduate from Lancaster University, funded by the Kazakh government’s scholarship scheme, said the Kazakh ambassador in London briefs all new students in Britain on how to respond when Borat is raised. They are to remain calm, he advises, pretend to see the funny side, and remember that for all the humiliation, Borat has at least raised Kazakhstan’s national profile.