Sacha Baron Cohen Pays Fines For Guys Dressed In Mankinis
The skimpy fluoro green mankini that sent Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat character into the stratosphere has landed six Czech blokes in hot water in Kazakhstan.
The BBC published a photo of the men wearing the
The country actually banned the 2006 mockumentary, its full title Borat! Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan accusing the film of portraying the country as primitive and racist... so the mankini stunt was never going to be well received.
(Ironically, the film was later credited with dramatically promoting tourism, reportedly boosting visa applications tenfold)
Anyway, the guys were arrested in the Kazakhstani capital Astana.
However, in a plot twist, Baron Cohen himself has offered to pay the $67 fines the blokes attracted.
"To my Czech mates who were arrested. Send me your details and proof that it was you, and I'll pay your fine," he wrote on his Facebook page, offering a special hotline email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.