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BBC: 'Borat' anthem played at Kuwait medal ceremony for Kazakhstan winner

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Borat Sagdiyev, played by actor Sacha Baron Cohen, attends a "book signing" in 2007 in Los Angeles.

Kazakhstan's shooting team demanded an apology after a spoof national anthem from the comedy film "Borat" was played instead of the real one at a medal ceremony in Kuwait, the BBC reported Friday.

The team's coach told Kazakh media the organizers of the Kuwait tournament had downloaded the parody from the Internet by mistake and had also got the Serbian national anthem wrong.

Video of Thursday's original ceremony posted on YouTube shows gold medalist Maria Dmitrienko listening solemnly to the anthem before smiling.


The BBC reported that the team demanded an apology and the ceremony was later rerun.

The spoof anthem, from the movie featuring British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," praises Kazakhstan for its superior potassium exports and for having the cleanest prostitutes in the region.

"Borat" portrays Kazakhs as ignorant and backward and was banned in Kazakhstan.

This article includes reporting by msnbc.com staff and Reuters.

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