Joke’s on Roanoke in upcoming movie
Last January, when a man purporting to be a Kazakh journalist shooting a documentary addressed a Salem Civic Center rodeo crowd by saying, "I hope you kill every man, woman and child in Iraq, down to the lizards. And may George W. Bush drink the blood of every man, woman and child in Iraq," the event organizers had a pretty good idea they had been duped. Now, they know for sure.
The mystery man was, in fact, comedian Sacha Baron Cohen posing as Borat, a popular character from his HBO program Da Ali G Show, and that bizarre scene will be featured as part of the upcoming mockumentary film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan according to the Drudge Report.
As the Roanoke Times reported at the time of the incident, film company One America (which turned out to be 20th Century Fox's front for Cohen's operation) had convinced Imperial Rodeo Productions to let Borat sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at their rodeo in Salem. Borat began his remarks by saying he supported America's "war of terror" before making his more inflammatory comments. He then began his rendition of our National Anthem with the words "Kazakhstan is the greatest country in the world" and ended it with "your home in the grave." The crowd then became hostile to the point where the camera crew feared for Cohen's safety and "screeched out of there" according to rodeo producer Bobby Rowe.
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan opens nationwide November 3.