11/7/06

I kiss you !!!!!!!!!!!!

File under: What the heck?!?!
TURKEY'S internet celebrity Mahir Cagri is so convinced he was the inspiration for the Kazakh journalist character Borat Sagdiyev that he plans to travel to London seeking ways he can benefit from the movie that's debuted at No.1 in the US.

Mr Cagri, 44, became a cyber celebrity after he posted a personal website in 1999, which featured unintentionally amusing photos of himself playing table tennis or the accordion and sunbathing in a skimpy bathing suit.
Here is the original "home page" of Mahir Cagri.

The question I present is: is Sacha Baron Cohen, the British actor who created the character, Borat, a genius or did he just stumble upon the best luck ever?

I heard of Mahir before I heard of Borat while I was reading through an article on "The 25 Worst Web Sites." I almost laughed out loud at Mahir's opening declairation "I KISS YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!" While reading the Worst Websites article it mentioned that "Mahir's legacy lives on in Sacha Baron Cohen's 'Borat' character, who bears more than a passing resemblance to the Turk."

Then I found out that Borat was making a movie. It looked pretty good. Nothing I would become really excited about, but I felt sort of on the inside track by having first found Mahir.

Well, THEN I found out that President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan was offended by the movie. I instantly knew it was going to be a hit. Cohen had, be it inadvertantly or intentionally, created a phenomenon that reached to all demographics. The older people who followed the news wanted to see what Kazakhstan was so upset about and the younger people who knew about Mahir wanted to see their Internet hero in action. The people who loved Borat in Da Ali G Show would never miss out on the opportunity to see his moviefilm on the big screen and everyone else just wants to know what the rest of the world is so up in arms about. Well, maybe not all of them. But the rest are covered by the fact that Mahir is coming back from the Internet grave to haunt Sacha.

How does this happen?!?! Sacha is now publishing a book about Kazakhstan's war against Borat. Will Mahir write about his similarities to the fictional Kazakh? I'm not sure Sacha really knew what he had stumbled upon when he created Borat. I wish I would stumble on my own Borat.

There's no way to explain the Borat phenomenon besides being in the right place at the right time. I don't think Sacha sat down and studied the cultural climate of Kazakhstan and interviewed Mahir intensively before coming up with a perfect way to rattle both of their cages, but this idea of being in the right place at the right time is the only thing that's really fundamental to Borat's success (aside from the fact that he really is pretty funny). There's only one other time I can think of where the cultural climate was perfect for a particular event that didn't seem to have anything to do with it, and that was the Roman era with the birth and life of Christ.

::quickly eraces any thoughts of Jesus with a heavy mustache and black, combed-up hair::

Seriously, though, Jesus stirred up the pot in much the same way Borat has. He offended those in power and drew crowds from the common people. A bunch of Mahirs came along later claiming to be the original Messiah, or at least to be the one with the real truth. But this only boosted Jesus' popularity. The Roman Roads spread the word of Christianity like the Internet and network television did Borat and the message reached to every demographic: young and old, rich and poor, activist and indiferent. Yes, Jesus had word-of-mouth advertizement down before Kazakhstan was even a twinkle in the eye of a ruthless dictator.

And people wonder why we Christians think Jesus did things right.


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The Borat Soundtrack