Sacha Baron Cohen has best reaction to arrest of Borat mankini men in Kazakhstan

Borat boosted tourism massively in the Central Asian country

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Sacha Baron Cohen has come to the aid of six tourists who dressed up as Borat in Kazakhstan and got themselves arrested.

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The Czech holidaymakers were wearing nothing but bright green mankinis, the revealing swimwear made famous by the 2006 character and movie Borat.

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After the group posed for photos in the capital city of Astana, police intervened, and each were fined 22,500 Tenge (about £51) for the "indecent" appearances, the BBC reports.

After the news circulated, Baron Cohen caught wind of it and posted on Facebook: "To my Czech mates who were arrested. Send me your details and proof that it was you, and I'll pay your fine."
There's been a massive reaction, but at the time of writing, it doesn't appear that the men involved have been found. We imagine it won't take too much longer.

The news of their arrest renewed a long-running debate in Kazakhstan over whether Borat is offensive and a step too far.

Journalist Assem Mirjekeeva asked: "I wonder how would the Czech authorities react if our citizens did the same in their country?"

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"I think they would have not reacted. It is because our police are so sensitive," replied Facebook user Vitaliy Shuptar.

Others didn't view the stunt so happily, with some even suggesting the men should have been jailed.

Another wrote: "They should have had a criminal charge for insulting the honour of the nation."

Since the comedy's release, Borat! Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, the film has been controversial in Kazakhstan, in Central Asia.

Kazakhstan quickly banned the DVD and even threatened to sue Baron Cohen. Officials feel that the movie portrays the country as racist, sexist, and primitive.

In 2012, however, the Kazakh foreign minister publicly thanked Baron Cohen for boosting tourism to the country.

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