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George W. Bush to Placate Kazakhstan's Leader over 'Borat' Outrage

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Sep 13, 2006 | 5:12am EDT

British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's comic creation Borat Sagdiyev has caused so much outrage in Kazakhstan with his new movie, President George W. Bush will address the issue when he meets the Kazakh leader.

Bush is set to hold talks with Nursultan Nazarbayev over oil supply--and disgusted Kazakhs have demanded action over Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Roman Vassilenko says, "We have made it clear that we are unhappy with the character's representation. He does not represent the true people of Kazakhstan."

In the film Cohen plays spoof Kasakh TV presenter Borat, who portrays his homeland as a backward country, and the opening scene shows him sharing a passionate kiss with his sister before he departs for the U.S.

The trouble started when Borat hosted the MTV Video Music Awards last year and publicly ridiculed Kazakhstan. The country's foreign ministry threatened to sue, and Cohen--in character--said it was a good idea, and praised his homeland's recent progress.

He joked, "Women can now travel on inside of bus, homosexuals no longer have to wear blue hats and age of consent has been raised to eight years old."

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