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December 21, 2005

Ministry of Spoof

When he offered comment on Madonna's European MTV Music Awards moment she had the good sense to leave well enough alone. Now the government of Kazakhstan has managed another stunning publicity own goal by closing Borat's website.

Reporters Without Borders condemned censorship by the Kazakh government, which has removed the right to use the .kz suffix (equivalent to .uk) from two websites it finds troublesome, including that of British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, or "Borat".

For anyone still still thinking the rest of "the internet" is best handed over to UN administration; it is time to think again. Following earlier complaints he was perpetuating negative stereotypes about Kazakhs, Borat responds to the government of Kazakhstan. I shudder to think he will react to the closing of his web domain. Wounded Kazakhs should at least rest assured Borat is giving them better press than he does Britain (possibly nsfw ads).

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 21, 2005 07:17 AM

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