Authorities in the Central Asian state were outraged when the movie, ‘Borat: Cultural Learnings of America Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan’ was first released in 2006, with Baron Cohen portraying Kazakh people as backward, sexist, homophobic and anti-semitic.
But the country’s Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov has now thanked Borat for contributing to a huge rise in tourist numbers.
“After this film the number of visas issued to Kazakhstan grew by 10 times. This is a big victory for us and I thank Borat for attracting tourists to Kazakhstan,” Kazykhanov was reported saying. Which was niiiice of him.