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    Here's The Deal With All The Controversy Over The New "Borat" Film

    "If the president's lawyer found what he did there appropriate behavior, then heaven knows what he's done with other female journalists in hotel rooms."

    Finally, some good news in 2020: Borat is back!!

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    You remember Borat, right? It's a satirical mockumentary about a reporter, played by Sacha Baron Cohen, from Kazakhstan. Well, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm just dropped on Amazon Prime Video!

    Borat holding two thumbs up
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    In case you missed it, there's a lot of drama surrounding the long-awaited sequel to the 2006 classic. Go ahead and grab some popcorn while I get you up to speed.

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    So the most controversial scene in the movie is definitely when 24-year-old actor Maria Bakalova — who plays Borat's 15-year-old daughter — interviews Rudy Giuliani, President Trump's 76-year-old lawyer.

    Maria interviewing Rudy, and Rudy laughing
    Amazon Prime Video

    After they wrap up the interview, Rudy and Maria go into the hotel bedroom. The attorney removes her mic, pats her waist, and asks for her phone number and address. Then he lets her take his mic off. He leans back on the bed and seemingly puts his hand down his pants.

    Rudy with his hands seemingly down his pants while lying on the bed
    Amazon Prime Video

    Sacha runs into the room as Borat and interrupts them, yelling, "She's 15! She's too old for you!"

    Sacha wearing lingerie
    Amazon Prime Video

    Now, it's important to note that Rudy claims he was just lying on the bed and sticking his hand down his pants in order to tuck in his shirt:

    (1) The Borat video is a complete fabrication. I was tucking in my shirt after taking off the recording equipment. At no time before, during, or after the interview was I ever inappropriate. If Sacha Baron Cohen implies otherwise he is a stone-cold liar.

    But a lot of people don't buy that the former mayor of New York City was on the bed to fix his shirt. And even if that is true, they find his behavior really weird:

    Well, looks like the cat’s out of the pants. Having seen #Borat2 I can now safely tell you #RudyGiuliani is over in a very big way. It’s worse than you think and more uncomfortable than anything I’ve seen in a recent film, documentary or otherwise.

    I saw it. I wish I could unsee it. But Borat 2 is hilarious. https://t.co/3q6bsMcwAl

    @joshgad WHY IS EVERYTHING SO DISGUSTING?!?!!!

    So you normally drink with reporters, follow them to the bedroom and then lie on the bed and let her take off your mic for you? I guess I’ve been doin my interviews all wrong... 😂 https://t.co/TfAEULC8HI

    Playing Borat, Sacha created a playful video to mockingly defend Rudy. He said, "What was an innocent sexy time encounter between a consenting man and my 15-year-old daughter have been turned into something disgusting by fake news media."

    OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM BORAT SAGDIYEV

    During an interview with Good Morning America, Sacha said, "I would say that if the president's lawyer found what he did there appropriate behavior, then heaven knows what he's done with other female journalists in hotel rooms. I just urge everyone to watch the movie — it is what it is, he did what he did — and make your own mind up. It was pretty clear to us."

    Sacha and Maria smiling
    ABC

    Last night, Saturday Night Live took a stab at the lawyer too. During a parody of the presidential debate, the camera moved to Kate McKinnon, playing Rudy. She was facing away, and her hand appeared to be in her pants as it moved up and down.

    Kate with her back to the camera and dressed as Rudy
    NBC

    "No, it's not what it looks like," she said as she spun around. "My microphone was stuck...on my balls. Is this another Borat? You gotta tell me if it's a Borat."

    Kate turning to the camera with her hand on her lower stomach
    NBC

    Even the president of the United States is talking about Borat. According to Steve Herman, Voice of America's White House bureau chief, Trump allegedly said, "I don't find him funny":

    Asked if he’s seen the #Borat2 footage and if he’s worried about security breaches, @POTUS replies: “I don’t know what happened. But years ago, you know, he (@SachaBaronCohen) tried to scam me and I was the only one who said no way. That’s a phony guy and I don’t find him funny."

    Sacha responded that he doesn't find Donald Trump funny, either:

    Donald—I appreciate the free publicity for Borat! I admit, I don’t find you funny either. But yet the whole world laughs at you. I’m always looking for people to play racist buffoons, and you’ll need a job after Jan. 20. Let’s talk! https://t.co/itWnhJ8TQF

    What do you think about all this? Let me know in the comments below!

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