The letter went to the American Film Academy, the Directors Guild, the British Film Academy and the Golden Globe.
“The global Kazakh community receives insufficient representation and is vulnerable. Our nation is still recovering from its oppressed colonial past, so we do not have significant media representation. Sacha Baron Cohen understands this and exploits Kazakhstan, stealing our identity, whitening us (we are talking about the concept of “white-washing”, ed.), Portraying us as Eastern Europeans and inciting persecution of Kazakhs around the world. Our people have reported countless incidents of sexual and physical harassment and bullying because of Borat, ”the statement said.
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