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Tuesday, November 7, 2006

The original Borat

Posted By on Tue, Nov 7, 2006 at 2:03 PM

The real Borat?
According to the Associated Press, a Turkish journalist who bears a striking resemblance to the star of Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan is pissed off. Mahir Cagri thinks Sacha Baron Cohen cribbed the character from his incredibly popular website (which, by the way, is hilarious). From the AP : ANKARA, Turkey - A Turkish Internet celebrity is so convinced he was the inspiration for Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat" character, he's traveling to London seeking an apology and a way to get paid from the film's surprise success... "The world knows he is copying Mahir," Cagri told The Associated Press in a telephone interview from his hometown of Izmir on Monday, minutes before he was to board a plane for Istanbul to appear on a talk show. Whether he's telling the truth or not, the guy's got a point. His website (which, according to salon.com, was actually designed by a friend of his as a joke) sounds like it was written by Borat: "WELCOME TO MY HOME PAGE !!!!!!!!! I KISS YOU !!!!!" --Lisa Rab

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