Civil Liberties

Russia Says Nyet to Borat


Russia won't let local cinemas show the comedy film "Borat," a spoof movie depicting a misogynist, anti-Semitic, homophobic reporter from Kazakhstan, over concern it could offend audiences.

"We decided not to grant this film a cinema license because there are moments in the film which could offend some viewers' religious or national sensibilities," Yuri Vasyuchkov, head of the film licensing department at Russia's Moscow-based Federal Culture and Cinematography Agency, said today by phone.

More here.

How's this for a possible solution: Borat's creator, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Russia censors meet for a sitdown at Yakov Smirnoff's theater in Branson, Missouri?

Jacob Sullum gave props to Cohen here.