As a Kazakh, Borat’s satire feels like it punches down harder than it hits those at the top
Sacha Baron Cohen’s sequel, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, was always going to elicit mixed reactions. Its power, like any satire’s, lies in people being shocked, offended and disgusted. On one hand, the Kazakh government has adopted the “Very Nice!” slogan into a tourism campaign. Conversely, the hashtag #cancelborat took off on Twitter, saying that the movie does nothing but mock Kazakh culture without knowing anything about it.