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Fri, Jan. 14th, 2005, 01:55 am
cookiemoon: From Yahoo! News

"Ali G" risks riot at U.S. rodeo

LONDON (Reuters) - Comedian Sasha Baron Cohen has escaped a near-riot at an American rodeo while filming his satirical "Da Ali G Show."

According to a report in the Roanoke (Virginia) Times, a man who was introduced as Boraq Sagdiyev from Kazakhstan -- in reality a Cohen character named Borat -- appeared at the rodeo over the weekend after organisers agreed to have him sing the national anthem.

After telling the crowd he supported America's war on terrorism, he said, "I hope you kill every man, woman and child in Iraq, down to the lizards ... And may George W. Bush drink the blood of every man, woman and child in Iraq." He then sang a garbled version of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

The Roanoke Times reported that the crowd turned "downright nasty." One observer said "If he had been out there a minute longer, I think somebody would have shot him."

Cohen and his film crew were escorted out of the Salem Civic Center and told to leave the premises.

"Had we not gotten them out of there, there would have been a riot," rodeo producer Bobby Rowe told the paper. "They loaded up the van and they screeched out of there."

It is not the first time Cohen has wooed controversy with his show, which airs on Channel 4 in the UK and on HBO in the United States. In one episode last year, Borat sang an anti-Semitic song called "Throw the Jew Down the Well" at a U.S. country music bar, prompting protests from the U.S-based Anti-Defamation League.

Producers of the Ali G show, Talkback Thames, were unavailable for comment.


I'm just glad that nothing happened to him. 

I can't wait for the new season. 

Fri, Jan. 14th, 2005 03:19 pm (UTC)

Sasha is a freakin genius. Thank goodness no one threw him down a well.

Fri, Jan. 14th, 2005 05:46 pm (UTC)

I know! I can't believe he did that in Texas, a "Bush" state. It just makes it so much funnier. (No offense to anyone from Texas)

Fri, Jan. 14th, 2005 07:05 pm (UTC)

I meant my comment to be as offense as possible to all of those living in Texas. How could you people do that to yourselves and then the rest of the world....

Fri, Jan. 14th, 2005 06:42 pm (UTC)

cant wait to see that one..

Fri, Jan. 14th, 2005 07:39 pm (UTC)
toddini: Here's something REALLY funny.

Here's the initial write-up from the local Virginia paper before it was apparent to everyone it was Ali G. Talk about out to lunch....


Fri, Jan. 14th, 2005 08:22 pm (UTC)
cookiemoon: Re: Here's something REALLY funny.

That's hilarious!!

Thank you!

Fri, Jan. 14th, 2005 10:25 pm (UTC)

Actually, this is not for 'Da Ali Gi Show'. Cohen is actually filming a documentary on America as Borat. Just thought I'd add that, since most articles are mistakenly putting that it's for the HBO show.

Fri, Jan. 14th, 2005 10:41 pm (UTC)

Thanks for clarifying it! Thats going to be an awesome documentary. I can't wait.

Sun, Jan. 16th, 2005 08:07 am (UTC)

Ooooh, I didn't know that. Is it to be a feature film release?

Sun, Jan. 16th, 2005 09:09 pm (UTC)

I'm not sure what the release will be like. PErhaps HBO Films will release it? They have the story on AICN, but not much details are given. But a whole Borat movie gets me all too excited.
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Sun, Feb. 13th, 2005 12:12 am (UTC)
cookiemoon: Re: A bit of Sasha news

oh yes! i remember hearing about that. i can't fuckin wait too. :)