Arts Headline of the Day
“Bush to hold talks on Ali G creator after diplomatic row”
From London’s Daily Mail:
[Sacha Baron] Cohen, 35, creator of Ali G, has infuriated the Kazakhstan government with his portrayal of Borat, a bumbling Kazakh TV presenter. And now a movie of Borat’s adventures in the US has caused a diplomatic incident…Kazakhstan president Nursultan Nazarbayev is to fly to the US to meet President Bush in the coming weeks and on the agenda will be his country’s image… President Nazarbayev will visit the White House and the Bush family compound in Maine when he flies in for talks that will include the fictional character Borat.
President Nazarbayev has confirmed that the Kazakhstan government will buy “educational” TV spots and print advertisements about the “real Kazakhstan” to counter the contentious images put forth in Cohen’s forthcoming Borat film, including, the Daily News reports, Borat “lustily kissing his sister goodbye and setting off for America in a car pulled by a horse.”
Full story here.