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July 26, 2007

The True Inspiration for Borat?

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Kendall Schoenrock

ukoad1.jpegAs you may have read, I am a big fan of Borat. [What Entrepreneurs Can Learn from Borat (take 2), Jagshemash!] I came across the Mahir website this week and it made me wonder if this guy isn’t the true inspiration behind Baron Cohen’s character from Da Ali G Show and of course his hit movie Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.

http://www.istanbul.tc/mahir/mahir/

I am late the to Mahir Party! It appears as though the internet has already launched Mahir and his catch phrase “I KISS YOU!!!!!” into internet stardom. The unintentionally funny site initially created circa 1999 picked up steam with major press coverage by Salon, the New York Times, and Wired Magazine. I sheepishly admit that this is the first I’ve heard of the now famous Mahir.

I don’t know if he inspired Baron Choen’s character Borat or not. What is clear is that we all have a lot to learn about the power of the internet when pickup lines like this actually work. Congrats Mahir, enjoy your fame. You have earned it.

My tall 1.84 cm (6.2 feet) My weight 78 kg.

My eyes green .. I live alone !!!!!!!!!

I have home – car ………

I like to take foto-camera (amimals , towns , nice nude models and peoples)….

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6 comments for this post.

  1. Comment from Scott on July 26th, 2007 :

    Hhhmm, seems quite coincidental, I think it may be so. I wonder if the other two characters played in the D Ali G Show are possibly connected to other sources as well.

    Boiyakasha!

  2. Comment from Kendall on July 27th, 2007 :

    Me’s here wit my main man Scott! Hilarious. True comical genius if you ask me. 🙂 Thanks for reading Scott. Do you have any interest in being a guest blogger here sometime?

  3. Comment from Scott on July 27th, 2007 :

    LOL, right, Check it! I is here with none other than my main man, Kendall!

    I do have interest in guest blogging, I would just need to find the time to fit it in somewhere, somehow. Let me know what you have in mind and we’ll go from there.

  4. Comment from Anderson on August 1st, 2007 :

    I saw this back before borat really blew up, it seems to close to be pure coincidence. This guy actually sued Sasha Baron Cohen…but I don’t think he was successful. Though SBC claims other inspiration for the character, either way he has used his comical genius to entertain millions and make him self millions…wahwahwewah!

  5. Comment from Kendall Schoenrock on August 1st, 2007 :

    Side Splitting humor in either case. Great stuff! Anderson, thanks for posting! 🙂 I’ll have to post about your new company soon!

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