Borat is a guy you either love or hate. Personally, I think he is ah-nice. When I went to see the movie, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” I hoped to see Oklahoma City. The pseudo-documentary is about pseudo-journalist Borat Sagdiyev from Kazakhstan who comes to learn about America. The star, Sacha Baron Cohen, basically drives all over the country helping people embarrass themselves. Cohen made a stop here in Oklahoma City under the guise of his character in 2004, and his film crew documented the entire painful display. Early that year, Borat attended, of all things, an Oklahoma City Traffic and Transportation Commission meeting. I would bet most of Oklahoma City has never attended an Oklahoma City Traffic and Transportation Commission meeting. During a 17-minute ramble to the commission, Cohen talked about democracy, women and his love interest in one of the female commissioners. He then asked for 10 minutes of silence to remember a Soviet massacre that he’d made up. Cohen also visited the Oklahoma Republican Party Headquarters and learned how to give a speech from Gary Jones, who was then Republican Party chairman. Sadly, none of his shenanigans were part of the movie. But thousands of Oklahomans have gone to see "Borat” anyway. Here are what some MyNewsOK.com users had to say about the character and the actor who plays him. Rich Barnard of Oklahoma City: "I thought it was hilarious. He does push the envelope.” Linda Eads of Bethany: "Why is it that a celebrity or so-called comic can make rude and offensive comments, whether it be about race or religion, and get away with it? I think he is a rude and uncaring person. I refuse to watch anything he would be a part of. I’m standing up for my rights that I don’t have to hear his kind of trash.” Kathy Carter of Yukon: "Just from the previews I have seen on TV and bits of interviews I have seen, no way will I go and pay money to watch that.” Peggy Hampton of Oklahoma City: "I haven’t seen the movie, but from the commercials I don’t think I would waste my money or time.” Shea Alexander of Oklahoma City: "We have gone so far in the effort to be politically correct that we can’t even laugh at ourselves anymore, and that is a shame. It has gotten so bad that satire is the only form of criticism we are allowed to offer, and ‘Borat’ is the king of satire. The movie’s not about Kazakhs or Jews or blacks. It is a commentary on us and a hilarious one at that.” Bobby J. Dobbs of Moore: "In Borat, I laughed like I have never laughed before. No doubt the movie is vulgar and tries too hard for some of its laughs. ... Some of the gags don’t work, and yet I laughed at Cohen’s audacity in trying them. And the humor isn’t just gags and punch lines but one accomplished comic performance after another. Bravo to Borat. And to the stuffy bunch who don’t get him: get a life.”
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