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BORAT -VS- NOMAD!!! Kazakh Revenge Is Calling!!

Merrick again...
A few weeks ago, we reported that the people of Kazakhstan were less than happy with how their nation will presented in the forthcoming BORAT movie -- so much so that the film will be a topic of conversation when Kazakh President Nazarbayev meets with President Bush during his imminent visit to the United States. You can read more about this HERE. Eager to combat the negative stereotyping advanced by BORAT, Kazakhstan is now readying a $40 million film called NOMAD – the most expensive movie ever produced by that nation…hoping that the project will make Kazakhstan look better in the eyes of the world.
President Nazarbayev hopes that Nomad, a film about the struggle of Kazakh tribes to expel Mongol invaders, will improve his nation’s reputation. [edit]The film will be distributed internationally by Harvey and Bob Weinstein, the Hollywood moguls who founded Miramax before leaving the Disney-owned studio last year to form a new company. [edit] Set in the 18th century, Nomad tells the story of Mansur, a handsome warrior born to unite the Kazakh tribes and free them from the Jungar occupiers of western Mongolia.
I’m not sure if this is a testament to the humorless insanity of the Kazakh government…the increasing notoriety of Sacha Baron Cohen's humor& character…or a little of both. Either way, this is all kinds of amusing. And, in my mind, this whole matter perfectly exemplifies the adage “There’s no such thing as bad publicity” for all concerned. NOMAD? Wouldn’t it rock if it ends up being, like, insanely cool and good? I’m tempted to jab at anyone who undertakes a $40,000,000 propaganda piece…but then I remembered we have TOP GUN and PEARL HARBOR, which kind of defeated my own argument.


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  • Sept. 26, 2006, 12:52 p.m. CST

    could be cool

    by maluquiro

    it's niiiiiice...

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 12:53 p.m. CST


    by axemurder

    what are these people on?

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 1:01 p.m. CST

    I'm actually kinda scared for Borat

    by Garbageman33

    I figure it's only a matter of time before someone puts a price on his head like Salman Rushdie.

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 1:02 p.m. CST

    wow, borat and salman rushdie in the same sentence...

    by maluquiro

    actually BORAT vs. THE NOMADS sounds like a good movie. who knows though, maybe this movie will be really cool. or at least, fun to watch. or, fun to make fun of. who can blame them for wanting to maintain the dignity of the country? Nooooomaaaaaaads!

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 1:03 p.m. CST

    no way i got first!

    by maluquiro


  • Sept. 26, 2006, 1:14 p.m. CST

    it's not "humorless insanity".

    by eraser_x

    The Kazakh government is very smart. It is piggybacking its P.R. campaign onto a ton of free publicity, thanks to Borat. And Borat gets free publicity, too. Everybody wins. If the Kazakh government had been silent, I'd just think, "ha ha, Cohen is using Kazakhstan in his skits". Now, because of the Kazakh reaction, I think, "hey, Kazakhstan is a country that cares about the U.S. and cares about how Americans view Kazakhstan, and it is a proactive country that can take useful action". That is a very positive image the government has created via its response. So, if the opportunity to locate a factory in Kazakhstan comes up in three years, I would be more favorably predisposed about Kazakhstan, already, thanks to the government's Borat reaction.

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Wasn't there a low-budget horror film called Nomads...

    by Childe Roland

    ...not all that long ago (okay, maybe I'm old and it was the late 80s...checks IMDB). Sure enough. Adam freaking Ant and Pierce fraking Brosnan. Was this movie better than I'm remembering, because I actually dig both of these guys as actors.

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 1:21 p.m. CST

    I hope a lion and bear fight.

    by tile_mcgillus

    Go Borat! I hope SBC makes a movie about how sucky Iran is.

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 1:31 p.m. CST

    It should be about beating Gypsies

    by jackinitraw

    And smashing the Jew eggs. Honestly the only people who should really be offended by Borat are Christians. They're the ones who got made out to look like total backwards morons in the movie. Everyone else got a fair shake and it was obvious the character was the one being laughed at during their interactions...then the scenes with white Christians had that reversed and they became the jokes.

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 1:33 p.m. CST

    "Who's ready to have a happy party time?!"

    by skycrapper

    I can't believe that this is the only fall/winter movie I'm looking forward to seeing. OO7 can wait for DVD.

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 1:35 p.m. CST

    I bet....

    by The Dum Guy

    I bet most Americans thought Kazakhstan was a made up country before all this Borat movie related stuff started up. (And) Is Borat really a christian? If he is I thought he would be something like Latvian Orthodox.

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Dum Guy

    by jackinitraw

    In the movie he says he prays to the great eagle or something. I think they just went with him having a made up religion.

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 1:41 p.m. CST

    The eventual porn ripoff: Gonads

    by whoopdeedoo

    All about a poor Kazakh girl trying to stop the evil western hordes from penetrating all of her orifices. Seriously, $40 million? Isn't that like double their GNP?

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 2:25 p.m. CST

    uhm, do you get it?

    by spaz_master

    > Go Borat! I hope SBC makes a movie about how sucky Iran is. Uhm, you do realize that Americans are the real ones who come off as morons in his movie?

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 2:52 p.m. CST

    This will show the world

    by Shawn F.

    This will show the world Kasakhstan is a tolerant country....NOT!

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 2:52 p.m. CST

    But Cohen is English

    by Goatboy

    He's one of us, so why are the Kazahks getting pissy with American/Bush about it? Don't get me wrong, any head of state (however pointless) who wants to take W to task is laudable, but c' least come over here and slap Blair before he leaves through the back door and lets Brown take the controls. And who the fuck said Brown was to be PM? Don't we elect those?

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 3:36 p.m. CST


    by DinoBass

    Was that Burger Chef? And Jeff?

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 3:44 p.m. CST

    It's Bush's fault!

    by biggles2_22

    If anyone is offended by this movie then it's clearly George W. Bush's fault. C'mon you right-wing-conspiracy libs...chime in dammit!

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 3:47 p.m. CST


    by Spamgelus

    I saw a screening of this movie. It may have some jabs at Kazakhstan in the form of poverty, incest, and racism, but what's really funny is that he comes to this country in search of a better place and finds that Americans are even more stupid, insane, and morally reprehensible. THIS MOVIE IS GENIUS.

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 3:56 p.m. CST

    this is my sister

    by maluquiro

    i didn't know this was a real country...

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 4:01 p.m. CST


    by Det. John Kimble

    This is all a publicity stunt. There is no country named Kazakhstan. It is an elaborate conspiracy cooked up by Ali G who is pissed at Sacha Baron Cohen for basing Borat on Mahir (I Kiss You!) and not him. RESPECT!

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 4:53 p.m. CST

    I posted yesterday

    by Neil McCauleys Crew

    is it here yet?

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Raise your hand if it bothers you that according to

    by CreasyBear

    the rest of the world, ALL Americans (including you) are conservative, jingoistic, xenophobic Christians. Okay, now put your hands down and get on with your lives. :)

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 5:11 p.m. CST

    good strategy

    by modlight

    React to a fictional character who you dislike because he makes you look like a bunch of Xenophobic racist backwoods hicks who live in hovels, by making a movie about the natives beating back and clashing with foreigners with darker skin and calling it Nomad. Good plan.

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 5:24 p.m. CST


    by Staldo

    everybody who didn't know Kazakhstan was a country are lovely examples of the American education system. Apologies if you're English and didn't know, then you're just an idiot.

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 5:31 p.m. CST

    LOL @ JudgeNXcutioner

    by CeeBeeUK

    Hmm, caching still?

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Pearl Harbor as Propaganda?

    by LordTwinkie

    If it is then I'd be rooting for the Japanese cause that movie made me vomit.

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 6:37 p.m. CST

    "humorless insanity"

    by Windowlicker74

    Kazachstan's capital, Almaty, is actually a pretty cool city with more cultural significance than an average US city. so I can understand they're a bit upset.

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 10:08 p.m. CST

    The average US city, Windowlicker...

    by The Dum Guy

    is pretty boring. So if Kazakhstan's capital city, Almaty, has more cultural significance than the average US city, then that's really not saying much.

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 10:11 p.m. CST


    by The Dum Guy

    it's not even the capital anymore.

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 11:32 p.m. CST

    So Pearl Harbor made you want to join the Navy?

    by IAmJack'sUserID

    Probably not, so it isn't a propaganda piece. Let's not think too hard about that. Pearl Harbor is just yet another shitty example of how shitty a director Bay is...nothing more, nothing less. However, Top Gun IS a propaganda piece, and recruitment skyrocketed after that movie came out.

  • Sept. 26, 2006, 11:57 p.m. CST


    by DrLektor

    if they get Sacha Baron Cohen to star in the lead role I might watch it. Blessed irony.

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Don't know about this Borat tuff

    by fredjack

    I am going to take a contradictory stand here on this Borat stuff. I remember in school there were the cool guys and then there were the dorks like me. Some of the cool guys were also assholes and loved to make fun of the dorks. Because we didn't dress like the cool guys or act like the cool guys are supposed to act. So, because we hadn't yet figured out that it makes absolutely no difference what some assholes think about us, it caused a lot of hard feelings and tended to drive us more into our dork-shells. That's what I see going on with this Borat Stuff. I know, it's probably very funny, but it also seems very elitist, and I'm surprised, Harry, that the editorial policy of this site, which I love and am here posting on for the first time ever, seems to be that this is funny and cool. It's just like the way we used to (and sometimes still do) portray all Southern people as stupid hicks. Or even better, the way we used to portray all black people as saucer-eyed pickaninnies and "Yassuh" shufflers and Uncle Toms. Maybe if and when I see the movie I'll change my opinion, but for now, I would say that this is a bunch of white asshole cool guys making fun of something they don't understand and don't care to learn about. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 12:24 a.m. CST

    It's Clinton's Fault!!

    by Saluki

    If anyone is offended by this movie then it's clearly William J. Clinton's fault. C'mon you left-wing-conspiracy cons...chime in dammit! =)

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Don't know about this Borat STUFF

    by fredjack

    Geese. Talk about being a dork.

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Poor choice of words

    by fredjack

    That should be "attitude" instead of "editorial policy".

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 3:21 a.m. CST

    yes thats a good idea...

    by Seph_J

    go to Bush to seek helpful advice on fairly treating obscure countries. He's so good at that. What would happen if Borat was an An Iraqi?

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 3:36 a.m. CST

    Borat prays to the great Eagle?

    by Seph_J

    ..... Perhaps he follows the M. Night SyhamalanaDingDong cult. They all worshipped a great Eagle in 'Lady in the Water' didnt they? They 'Great Eatlon' I believe it was called. Someone kill me.

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Correction. The movie is actually called NOMAD..

    by Dr.Gonzo

    and its already out in Kazakhstan, Russia and a bunch of other post soviet countries. The story is written by the president of Kazakhstan himself, the movie has Mark Dacascos in it and most people who have seen it say it is shit. Looking forward to Borat though.

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 4:46 a.m. CST

    Comedy gold.

    by UltimaRex

    You guys have brightened up my day. Take a bow, all of you (even Bush).

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 4:55 a.m. CST


    by UltimaRex

    O'course the Kazakhstan president wants to talk to Bush about Borat. Anything to distract Bush from the fact that Kazakhstan has a little oil and no army to speak of.

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 6:24 a.m. CST

    Sacha is....

    by Slartibartfast II

    Jewish. I sh#t you not.

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 7:28 a.m. CST

    Will the nomads throw Jews down wells?

    by triplefive

    and will they have men play the part of the women, since all the women are too busy hand washing the shit crust out of the men's undies?

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 9:09 a.m. CST


    by Spamgelus

    ...the people who watch Ali G (and this movie) all know it's tongue-in-cheek. We all know Kazakhstan isn't the Sodom and Gomorrah portrayed in the movie. Furthermore, people who DON'T know much about SBC before they see this film likely won't have a worse view of Kazakhstan either. Why? Because they know they've gone to the movies to see A FUCKING COMEDY.

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 11:25 a.m. CST

    600 years later?

    by Filmrage

    The Mongon empire disintergrated just a hundred years after Ghengis Khan. Won't Nomads be an admission of tardiness. ;)

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 3:15 p.m. CST

    i like make romance inside of her!

    by all

    have liquid explosion

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 3:23 p.m. CST

    Check out the Borat section of the

    by Shadowmarch55

    Discussion page on the Khazakstan webpage of Wikipedia. They want to pretend like this isn't a major deal to the Khazak government. Of course you spend FORTY MILLION DOLLARS on a movie for no particular reason.

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 3:29 p.m. CST

    I wonder what SBC's going to do with Brad Pitt.

    by Rakafraker

    I just read earlier today that they want to work together. Pitt's a big fan of Cohen. Brad even had a special screening of Borat. Too funny.

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 3:34 p.m. CST

    Here's the link...

    by Rakafraker

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Some Kazakhs have a sense of humour about it ...

    by Shan ... i admit there's no way for me to prove anyone from Kazakhstan actually had anything to with this parody of a parody site but still ...

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 6:37 p.m. CST

    With All Of This Press...

    by Evil Lincoln

    ...Borat should have a over 20 miliion dollar opening day. You can't pay for the kind of press this movie is getting. I can hardly wait for it to hit theaters.

  • Sept. 27, 2006, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Kazakhstan: is Borat right?

    by Lev_Harris "In an effort to set the record straight and establish whether the central Asian republic really is that bad, Guardian Unlimited conducted a trawl of recent news stories on the country. And it turns out it isn't that bad: it's much, much worse."

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 2:47 a.m. CST

    wolfman; i don't have a cultural device,

    by Windowlicker74

    And i'm pretty sure America has 'food' lol What i mean is just this: in an average american city there's just nothing to do. All the arts, entertainment, etc is concentrated on the coasts. american mid west is a wateland.(with some exceptions like AICN's precious Austin) You can travel for 3000 miles and everything is just the same corporate shit. Thats just amazing for a non-american. We were in Phoenix some months ago, the 6th biggest US city or so, there there was nothing, literary nothing. just buildings and people in cars( what up with this car obsession btw?) But the US coastlines are incredilbly cool, just weird that there's this huge difference.

  • Sept. 28, 2006, 3 a.m. CST

    and whats up with your malls?

    by Windowlicker74

    malls everywhere. peple are either in their car or in their malls. pretty funny when you think about it. I think Tommy lee jones did a great job portraying America in his directorial effort( 3 burials)