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XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX OCT 01, 2006 19:42:01 ET XXXXX
FOX MOVIE: 'BUSH MAY DRINK BLOOD OF EVERY MAN, WOMAN, CHILD IN IRAQ'
All systems go for controversy, and the release of FOX fuss film 'Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan' -- a film which features a comic announcing to an outraged Virginia rodeo: 'May George W. Bush drink the blood of every man, woman and child in Iraq!'
VARIETY calls the film, set for wide release November 3rd, "uproariously funny."
Borat Sagdiyev, Kazakhstan's leading journalist from the State run TV network, travels from his home in Kazakhstan to the U.S. to make a documentary. On his cross-country road-trip, Borat meets real people in real situations with hysterical consequences.
"'Borat' should make abundant B.O. benefit for FOX," predicts the trade.
The studio is said to be 100% supportive of the mockumentary, a top source tells the DRUDGE REPORT.
But it is a scene filmed last winter in Virginia, at a rodeo in Roanoke, that is raising spurs.
Comic Sacha Cohen, impersonating a Middle Eastern man in an American flag shirt and a cowboy hat, took to the stage to sing the national anthem at the Salem Civic Center.
Introduced as Borat Sagdiyev from Kazakhstan, he was said to be an immigrant touring America. A film crew was with him, doing some sort of documentary. And he wanted to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" to show his appreciation, the announcer told the crowd.
"I hope you kill every man, woman and child in Iraq, down to the lizards!" he told the audience.
An uneasy murmur ran through the crowd, unaware it was a set up.
"And may George W. Bush drink the blood of every man, woman and child in Iraq!" he continued.
Then the man took off his hat and sang a butchered version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" that ended with the words "your home in the grave," The ROANOKE TIMES reported.
By then, a restless crowd had turned downright nasty.
"If he had been out there a minute longer, I think somebody would have shot him," said one witness. "People were booing him, flipping him off."
"It's a wonder one of these cowboys didn't go out there and rope him up."
Last week outside of the White House, Secret Service agents turned away Cohen, in character as the boorish, anti-Semitic journalist, when he tried to invite "Premier George Walter Bush" to a screening of the upcoming film.
Cohen's "Borat" comedy routine has drawn legal threats from the Kazakh government, which keeps a tight lid on criticism in its news media.
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