Mar 23, 2012, 5:44 PM EST
Gypsy! What have you done with real National Anthem?
Members of the Kazakhstan team were horrified when organizers at the 10th Arab Shooting Championship in Kuwait played an unflattering comedy national anthem during the medal ceremony for one of their athletes. Kazakhstan’s Maria Dmitrienko had won a gold medal and was on the podium when, instead of her nation’s actual national anthem, “My Kazakhstan”, the mock anthem from the 2006 film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan was played.
So Dmitrienko and her team had to listen to lyrics such as: Kazakhstan number one exporter of potassium. Other countries have inferior potassium. And: Kazakhstan’s prostitutes cleanest in the region. Except of course Turkmenistan’s.
Organizers later told the coach that they had downloaded the Borat version of the song off the Internet by mistake.
Excerpted lyrics from the Borat version of the anthem:
Kazakhstan greatest country in the world.
All other countries are run by little girls.
Kazakhstan number one exporter of potassium.
Other countries have inferior potassium.
Kazakhstan home of Tinshein swimming pool.
It’s length thirty meter and width six meter.
Filtration system a marvel to behold.
It remove 80 percent of human solid waste.
Kazakhstan industry best in the world.
We incented toffee and trouser belt.
Kazakhstan’s prostitutes cleanest in the region.
Except of course Turkmenistan’s
Other Kazakh athletes immediately demanded that organizers turn the song off, only to be told that was the music authorities had provided, according to Radio Free Europe.
The Kazakh team requested an apology from the organizers and the medal ceremony was subsequently re-run.
The song came from the 2006 Sacha Baron Cohen film “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”, which caused widespread outrage in Kazakhstan for its unflattering portrayal of life in the country.
The spoof song praises Kazakhstan for its superior potassium exports and for having the cleanest prostitutes in the region.
By the way: I called this whole thing two weeks ago. That’s when organizers of a domestic skiing festival played Ricky Martin’s Livin’ la Vida Loca instead of the Kazakh anthem.
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