Borat's Kazakh anthem plays during a medals ceremony in Kuwait, instead of the actual Kazakh anthem, when Maria Dmitrienko won the gold medal for shooting. Was it an accident? At the ceremony Thursday, the Kazakh gold medalist stood atop the podium with her hand on her heart. The champion was expecting to hear her country's national anthem. Instead, she heard the mock anthem that was featured in the 2006 movie Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, starring British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen.
The medalist, Maria Dmitrienko, stood patiently as the song went on with its mercilessly absurd lyrics: Kazakhstan industry best in the world; we invented toffee and the trouser belt. Kazakhstan prostitutes cleanest in the region, except of course for Turkmenistan's.
The actual Kazakh anthem, My Kazakhstan, describes a radiant sun, golden steppes, and a glorious history.
Dmitrienko cracked a smile when the song was over, but then went to pose for photographs with other medalists as though nothing was amiss.
Other Kazakh athletes present said they realized the mistake immediately and called for the song to be stopped, but organizers apparently did not have the real anthem on hand, reports Radio Free Europe.
Anvar Yunusmetov, the coach of Kazakhstan's shooting team, later demanded an apology from the event's organizers, according to the BBC. He also told Tengrinews, a Kazakh media network, that the incident was an accident; the wrong version of the anthem had been downloaded from the internet.
He noted that ceremony organizers had used the wrong Serbian anthem as well.
The movie Borat is a mockumentary following a fictional bumbling TV announcer who travels from Kazakhstan to America and pursues Pamela Anderson in order to ask her hand in marriage. The film was banned in Kazakhstan.