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By Carrie Coppernoll Published: December 9, 2006
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 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.

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