Sunday, March 25, 2012

In case you missed it . . .


News report, Sunday Herald 25 March 2012:

That's not our anthem: Borat song played by mistake at medal ceremony

With her hand on her heart and a gold medal around her neck, champion shooter Maria Dmitrienko stood on the podium, victorious and proud.  But when Kazakhstan's national anthem began playing, she soon realised this was not the song she learned as a little girl.

"Kazakhstan's prostitutes are the cleanest in the region," the 'anthem' declared, "except, of course, for Turkmenistan's.  Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan, you very nice place ... come grasp the mighty penis of our leader, from junction with testes to tip of its face."

Needless to say, this was not Kazakhstan's official anthem but a spoof version from the 2006 satirical movie Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.  The film, made by British comic Sacha Baron Cohen, portrayed the country as a hotbed of backward quasi-medieval racists who drink horse urine and indulge in incest. It outraged locals and was eventually banned by the government.

The blame for the latest mix-up was pinned to the organisers of the 10th Arab Shooting Championship, held in Kuwait, who had apparently downloaded the wrong song from the internet.  As the parody anthem blared, Dmitrienko removed her hand from her chest, waiting for the ordeal to end. After an embarrassed smile, she obligingly posed for photos with the silver and gold medallists.

An apology was issued and the ceremony was repeated. 

A video of the stuff-up was uploaded to YouTube on Thursday and picked up by the world's media.

The Guardian reported that the organisers also got the Serbian anthem wrong.

Kazakhstan's foreign office told local media it was investigating the incident to avoid any similar errors in the future.

The Guardian also reported that earlier this month, officials opening a ski event in northern Kazakhstan were blasted with a few bars of Ricky Martin's Livin’ la Vida Loca instead of the national tune.

Some comments:

See the gaffe at:

The complete lyrics to the spoof national 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, Kazakhstan you very nice place.
From Plains of Tarashek to Northern fence of Jewtown.
Kazakhstan friend of all except Uzbekistan.
They very nosey people with bone in their brain.

Kazakhstan industry best in world.
We invented toffee and trouser belt.
Kazakhstan’s prostitutes cleanest in the region.
Except of course for Turkmenistan’s.

Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan you very nice place.
From Plains of Tarashek to Norther fence of Jewtown.

Come grasp the mighty penis of our leader.
From junction with the testes to tip of its face!

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