Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Please Stand for the Kazak National Anthem!

Once again, I had the pleasure of seeing the movie Borat on Friday with Sarah S. and John P. K. who had not yet seen the film. Of course, I was eager to fill this cultural lacuna in their character. On seeing the film again, I noticed a number of little things that I missed the first time around which gave me a smile, but what was especially interesting was listening to my friend’s laughter while they watched the movie for the first time. This laughter by proxy (or is it avarice) reminded me of when I first saw the movie. But on subsequent viewings, I have started to see something, albeit complimentary, quite different. And I think that is the integrity and openness of the Anti-Semitism (in the absence of Jews) and Nationalism (in the presence of other nationalities, including ‘assehole Uzbeks’ and gypsies) in Kazakhstan and the gentile racism, nostalgia for a mythical antebellum South, and sheer Xenophobia of the US. (Canada, I would like on the record, aside from the South business is no different.) There is without doubt genius in Sasha Baron Cohen, though I am not sure there is much more to be done with Borat. Please stand to attention for the Kazak National Anthem:

Kazakhstan greatest country in the world.
All other countries are run by little girls.
Kazakhstan number one exporter of potassium.
Other countries have inferior potassium.

Kazakhstan home of Tinshein swimming pool.
It’s length thirty meter and width six meter.
Filtration system a marvel to behold.

It remove 80 percent of human solid waste.
Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan you very nice place.

From Plains of Tarashek to Norther fence of Jewtown.
Kazakhstan friend of all except Uzbekistan.
They very nosey people with bone in their brain.

Kazakhstan industry best in the world.
We invented toffee and trouser belt.
Kazakhstan’s prostitutes cleanest in the region.
Except of course Turkmenistan’s

Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan you very nice place.
From Plains of Tarashek to Norther fence of Jewtown.
Come grasp the mighty penis of our leader.
From junction with the testes to tip of its face!

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