In a face-palm moment for all parties concerned, organizers of a shooting tournament in Kuwait confused a parody from the notorious “Borat” movie for the anthem of Kazakhstan, local media said.
Organizers found the anthem online, but did not realize they had come upon a spoof, head coach of Kazakhstan’s team, Anvar Yunusmetov, told Tengrinews.kz on Friday.
A video available on YouTube shows the satirical song, extolling the virtues of Kazakh prostitutes and talking about “Jewtown” and the penis of the country’s leader, playing at an award ceremony. A female athlete, apparently award-winning Maria Dmitriyenko, can be seen confused and biting her lips, but not daring to intervene.
Organizers of the Sheikh Jaber Al-Abdallah Al-Jaber Annual Cup Championship also confused the Serbian anthem with another song, Yunusmetov said without elaborating.
By means of apology, three Kazakh flags were raised the next day to sounds of the real anthem, Yunusmetov said.
“Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” is a 2006 mockumentary film satirizing racial stereotypes that features British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen travelling across the United States pretending to be a Kazakh journalist. The film was banned in both Kazakhstan and Kuwait.
This is the second incident with Kazakhstan’s anthem within a month. In early March, it was confused at a local ski tournament with “Livin’ La Vida Loca,” a Latino pop ditty by Ricky Martin, though the mistake was more obvious and was corrected within seconds.