‘Borat’ star offers to pay ‘mankini’ fines

Six tourists were arrested in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana for wearing the character’s iconic costume. — Screengrab from YouTube
Six tourists were arrested in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana for wearing the character’s iconic costume. — Screengrab from YouTube

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LONDON, Nov 22 — Sacha Baron Cohen has offered to pay the fines for Czech tourists who were detained by authorities in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana for dressing up as his character Borat, The Guardian reported today.

The six men reportedly were stopped by local police earlier this month after being spotted attempting to take a picture in front of the “I Love Astana” sign in the fictional character’s lime green “mankinis”.

The group were then fined US$68 (RM280) each for “indecency”, according to the BBC.

In a Facebook post yesterday, the British comic actor wrote: “To my Czech mates who were arrested. Send me your details and proof that it was you, and I’ll pay your fine.”

The swimsuit became a pop culture icon after appearing in the 2006 movie Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

Kazakhs, however, failed the see the funny side of the movie, accusing its makers instead of portraying their country as backward and degenerate, according to The Guardian.

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