Borat anthem played by mistake at medals ceremony

Sat Mar 24, 2012 4:22am EDT

British actor Sacha Baron Cohen, in character as a Kazakh TV reporter known as 'Borat', holds a boomerang and can of beer in Sydney November 13, 2006 during the Australian premiere of his film ''Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan''. REUTERS/David Gray (AUSTRALIA)

British actor Sacha Baron Cohen, in character as a Kazakh TV reporter known as 'Borat', holds a boomerang and can of beer in Sydney November 13, 2006 during the Australian premiere of his film ''Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan''.

Credit: Reuters/David Gray (AUSTRALIA)

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(Reuters) - Kazakhstan's shooting team demanded an apology after a spoof national anthem from the comedy film Borat was played instead of the real one at a medal ceremony in Kuwait, the BBC reported on Friday.

The team's coach told Kazakh media the organizers of the Kuwait tournament had downloaded the parody from the internet by mistake and had also got the Serbian national anthem wrong.

Footage of Thursday's original ceremony shows gold medalist Maria Dmitrienko listening solemnly to the anthem before smiling. The ceremony was later rerun.

The spoof anthem, from the movie featuring British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan", praises Kazakhstan for its superior potassium exports and for having the cleanest prostitutes in the region.

(Writing by John Mehaffey in London; Editing by Mark Meadows)

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Comments (3)
SilentBoy741 wrote:
That’s funny. I think the outraged Kazakhs just need to unclench a bit and see the unintentional humor in a moment of absurdity. As an American, I wouldn’t be outraged if they accidentally played – oh, I don’t know – the anthem from “Team America: World Police”, titled “America, F**k Yeah!”. Imagine that scene as the US team accepted a medal. I’d fall out of my chair laughing. As long as it wasn’t intentional, no real harm was done.

Mar 24, 2012 6:16am EDT  --  Report as abuse
MetalHead8 wrote:
HAHAHA oh no, hhaaha thats bad… I think we should take silentboy’s suggestion and let the joke be on the US to balance things out

Mar 26, 2012 9:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
learntothink wrote:
Now that is funny. Thanks Reuters I needed that.

Mar 29, 2012 12:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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