When the film Borat was released in 2006, the nation of Kazakhstan was not pleased. The movie was banned and government officials decried the poor image that Sacha Baron Cohen created of Kazakhstan to the world.
A few years can change things.
Kazakhstan’s Foreign Minister Yerzhan Kazykhanov has stated that the country is “grateful” for the satirical film because it has brought 10 times the tourists that existed prior to the release of Borat.
“With the release of this film, the number of visas issued by Kazakhstan grew tenfold. This is a big victory for us and I thank Borat for attracting tourists to Kazakhstan,” Kazykhanov said.
Borat was criticized for making Kazakhs look homophobic, anti-Semitic, racist and sexist. It also promoted the country for having the “cleanest prostitutes” in the region. Somehow all this is attracting tourists.