Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is out on Amazon Prime Video as of last night, and if you haven’t seen it or heard about it yet, the climactic moment in the film (SPOILER) involves Rudy Giuliani taking an actress posing as a journalist into his hotel room, grossly patting her on the backside, and lying back on the bed and sticking his hand in his trousers as though expecting to be, uh, serviced. Thankfully, Sacha Baron Cohen — as Borat — barges into the hotel room and saves the actress playing his daughter, Maria Bakalova, who — by the way — steals this movie.
It’s a very gross scene, and I legitimately had nightmares about it two nights ago. It’s a very funny movie, but the image of Giuliani reaching into his pants and rubbing himself is not something that will easily be erased from my brainpan.
Of course, Giuliani denied doing anything wrong, saying that he was just tucking in his shirt; that the footage was manipulated; and that the Democrats are just trying to get him back for the Hunter Biden hard drive, which “surfaced” last week, while the scene in Borat was shot in July. I guess that Sacha Baron Cohen has a whole lot of foresight.
Last night, along with the release of the movie on Amazon Prime, Sacha Baron Cohen — as Borat — responded to Giuliani.
OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM BORAT SAGDIYEV pic.twitter.com/vM92Lam5vV— Borat (@BoratSagdiyev) October 23, 2020
This morning, meanwhile, Sacha Baron Cohen appeared on Good Morning America out of character, along with Maria Bakalova, and addressed the scene.
“I would say that if the president’s lawyer found what he did there appropriate behavior then heaven knows what he’s doing with other female journalists in hotel rooms.”@SachaBaronCohen weighs in on the Rudy Giuliani scene in #Borat2 that has made headlines. pic.twitter.com/RfeNJeWPdw— Good Morning America (@GMA) October 23, 2020
The takeaway here is that Cohen was “quite concerned” for Bakalova during that scene, and that the scene speaks for itself.
It does. It really really does.