Amazon says Borat 2 had a "tremendous launch" as Kazakhstan adopts character's catchphrase

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In a nutshell: Amazon has revealed that the controversial new Borat movie attracted "tens of millions" of viewers globally over its opening weekend. The popularity has seen Kazakhstan adopt the character's catchphrase, while the Rudy Giuliani controversy rages on.

Variety reports that "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm," available to stream on Amazon Prime, was released a day earlier than planned to land at the same time as the presidential debate. But Samba TV, which tracks viewership on internet-connected TVs only, estimates that 45,000 households streamed the movie on October 22, whereas 24 million people watched the final Trump-Biden debate.

Amazon didn't say exactly how many people watched Borat 2 beyond "tens of millions," though it did reveal that more than 1 million people tuned in to the Borat watch party last Thursday, which included a Q&A with Borat star Baron Cohen and featured a worldwide dance party.

"Sacha has masterfully created one of the most well-received films of these unprecedented times — showcasing some of the best and the worst of us, wrapped in one outrageous moment after another," Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, said in a statement. "With the tremendous launch of this global, tentpole movie, it's clear our customers around the world want content that is both relevant and entertaining."

The company rarely talks about how many Prime customers is has; the last time Amazon revealed any figures was in January 2020 when it said there were over 150 million members worldwide.

Despite Borat Sagdiyev portraying his home country of Kazakhstan as being full of anti-Semitic, sexist homophobes, it seems the country appreciates the attention: Kazakhstan has adopted his "Very Nice" catchphrase in a new tourism campaign.

One of Borat's unsuspecting victims in the movie is former New York City mayor and Donald Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani. In an "interview" with Borat's daughter Tutar, who is supposed to be 15 years old but is played by 24-year-old actress Maria Bakalova, Giuliani appears to reach into his trousers in her presence. He claims the clip is "a complete fabrication," claiming "I was tucking in my shirt after taking off the recording equipment." You can see Borat's response below.

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BoowieBear

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I've seen it. The movie makes you want to bleach your eyes and to spoon out all of your brain cells that got polluted.
It's also a political smear campaign. People sadly believe everything told on picture box.
The reason South Park is still funny and relevant is that they make fun of everyone. Everyone in politics is worth making fun of, not just one party or person. Whenever a content creator decides to pick sides, they immediately lose credibility and frankly laughs. Look at Jimmy Kimmel, he created the Man Show 20 years ago and now is a woke mouthpiece. The original Borat was amazing and welcomed all to laugh, why go political which cuts off your audience.
 
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VitalyT

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I've seen it. The movie makes you want to bleach your eyes and to spoon out all of your brain cells that got polluted.
It's also a political smear campaign. People sadly believe everything told on picture box.


When you start thinking Sasha Baron Cohen is not that perverse...
 
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Shadowboxer

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I enjoyed it a lot really but by the end it felt like a desperate smear attempt to me. I have no love for American politics and am just wishing the election to be over, this felt too connected to it.
 

seeprime

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I've seen it. The movie makes you want to bleach your eyes and to spoon out all of your brain cells that got polluted.
It's also a political smear campaign. People sadly believe everything told on picture box.
Compared to the original Borat film. This one was very nice!
 

Linoleum77

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I've seen it. The movie makes you want to bleach your eyes and to spoon out all of your brain cells that got polluted.
It's also a political smear campaign. People sadly believe everything told on picture box.
... referring to Fox News viewers?
 

treetops

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I watched like half of it. I never really liked Borat. His TV show recently had some insane stuff. Faking out a so called artist gallery, pretending to be a x con who uses pubes n such lol. Getting her like full in on buying pube other bodily excrement in his paintings. Then the anti terror training making the guy run at terrorists with his butt. The fake sweet sixteen trap omg omg....

The movie though meh

TV show "Who Is America?" 4:30, this guy was like a mayor lol fake anti terrorist training

the craziest one, they thought they were making a fake qen sen yeta to lure in illegals and drug them..... rophynol lol, a 50 year man tried to dress as a 15 yr old girl
 
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Gollum22

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I've seen it. The movie makes you want to bleach your eyes and to spoon out all of your brain cells that got polluted.
It's also a political smear campaign. People sadly believe everything told on picture box.
Ok, perhaps Rudy wanted to take a nap and wanted her to help him because he can't touch his toes? -_-