Bumbling bigot

Borat blames coronavirus on Israel: ‘It spread from the you-know-whos’

Sacha Baron Cohen, promoting new film on Kazakh journalist and lampooning anti-Semitism, says on Jimmy Kimmel’s TV show that COVID-19 comes from Wuhan, Israel

Sacha Baron Cohen appears as Borat on Jimmy Kimmel's show, October 19, 2020. (Screenshot)
Sacha Baron Cohen appears as Borat on Jimmy Kimmel's show, October 19, 2020. (Screenshot)

Fake Kazakh journalist Borat has blamed Israel and the Jews for the coronavirus.

The bumbling reporter is played by Jewish comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, who is promoting the sequel to his 2006 hit film.

The character was known for being wildly anti-Semitic — more as a way of exposing and lampooning entrenched bigotry in American society than as commentary on Kazakhstan.

Baron Cohen, appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” opened the show by spraying disinfectant across the set and saying that his country’s intelligence services “have make discovery this morning that there is a virus.

“It come from a place called Wuhan, which is in Israel. There is no surprise. They are spreading everything,” Baron Cohen said.

“It spread from the you-know-whos,” he added, simulating a big nose with his hand.

He administered a “normal Kazakh plague questionnaire” to Kimmel, which opened with the question, “In the last week have you been in the presence of more than 15 minutes of any Jews?”

He also asked if Kimmel, “as a member Hollywood elite,” had recently drunk any “unpasteurized children’s blood” — a reference to anti-Semitic blood libels against Jews.

Later in the interview, the comedian engaged in his tendency to inject Hebrew phrases into the conversation as a substitute for Kazakh: When Borat’s daughter joined the interview and asked to have Kimmel’s pants, the journalist told her “Lo yahol” and “Ta’asi et zeh ahar kah,” Hebrew for “He can’t, do it later.”

When Kimmel told Borat he only has a single wife, an astounded Baron Cohen cried out “Rak yesh ahat” (“There’s only one”).

The upcoming movie features Baron Cohen, disguised as US President Donald Trump, offering his daughter to US Vice President Mike Pence at a rally. The film will reportedly focus on the COVID-19 pandemic and Trump and his supporters, among other topics.

The official title of the new film “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.”

It will be released on Amazon Prime on October 23, shortly before the November 3 US election.

The original film was titled “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit of Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.” It featured Baron Cohen, who is Jewish, as a nonsensical reporter from Kazakhstan who is anti-Semitic, misogynist, and generally offensive interacting with Americans who were unaware the character was a sham.

It was particularly noted for helping expose racism and prejudices among interviewees, who let their guard down while speaking to the supposed Kazakh.

Baron Cohen was sued by the estate of a recently deceased American Holocaust survivor interviewed for the sequel, which claims the inclusion of the interview mocks the Nazi genocide and Jewish culture.

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