Borat…

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On Wednesday night, MySpace is hosting free advance screenings of Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan in 25 cities Stateside and worldwide (including Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, and Germany, but sadly, not Kazakhstan).

Locally, it’ll be at the AMC Century City at 9:00 PM:

THIS SCREENING IS FREE!
YOUR PROFILE IS YOUR TICKET!

Bring a printout of your profile with THE BLACK CARPET and BORATin your Top 8/12/24/etc for FREE admittance!

ONE PROFILE, ONE PERSON
FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE
Entry is limited so get there early to ensure success!

PLEASE NOTE: No cellphones or cameras will be allowed in the theater!

More after the jump.

The character, played by British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, has has seen his share of controversy (and that doesn’t include angering the Kazakh government):

…the Anti-Defamation League, a prominent Jewish anti-racism group, complained to HBO after Borat performed a country western song that called on people to ‘throw the Jew down the well’, warning them that ‘you must be careful of his teeth’ and that ‘you must grab him by his money’, to applause and participation from some members of an audience in Tucson, Arizona, while other audience members seemed stunned and dismayed by Borat’s blatant display of anti-Semitism. …

An interview with James Broadwater, a Republican candidate for U.S. Congress, caused Broadwater to receive some hateful emails after an episode of Da Ali G Show aired in which he stated that Jews will go to Hell. He was told that the interview would be played in foreign countries to teach others about the American political system. Broadwater later posted a letter on his website denouncing Da Ali G Show, explaining that his statement referred to a theological belief that anyone that “accepts Jesus Christ as lord and savior will spend eternity in Heaven, while everyone who rejects Him will spend eternity in Hell.” Broadwater did not apologize for his comments, which some saw as insensitive and inflammatory. Instead, he insisted that “the liberal, anti-God media needs to be brought under the strict control of the FCC, and that as soon as possible.”

In January 2005, after convincing the authorities that he was shooting a documentary, Borat managed to infuriate a crowd at a rodeo in Salem, Virginia, first by saying that “I hope you kill every man, woman and child in Iraq, down to the lizards…and may George W. Bush drink the blood of every man, woman and child in Iraq”, and then by mangling the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner”. For his own safety, Borat was escorted from the venue.

But like Banksy‘s aforementioned “Barely Legal” installation, will controversy equal cash? We’ll see next Friday when the film is officially released.

UPDATE: “ALERT: BORAT HIMSELF WILL ATTEND ONE OF THE BLACK CARPET SCREENINGS!!! That’s right, the man himself will appear at one of the 25 screenings around the world to greet his dedicated fans! Which screening? We’re sworn to secrecy! You’ll have to show up to find out which one! NOT A HOAX! NOT A DREAM! NOT AN IMAGINARY STORY! BORAT WILL BE THERE!” You’d think that L.A. would be the location, but my bet is somewhere in the Midwest. It would be more in keeping with the spirit of the mockumentary.

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