Sacha Baron Cohen‘s 2006 film Borat enraged people in Kazakhstan to the point the film was banned in the country and Baron Cohen was threatened with legal action. So, just imagine you’re gold medalist Maria Dmitrienko and after you win the 10th Arab Shooting Championship held in Kuwait and take the podium, instead of hearing the Kazakhstan National Anthem, honoring you and your victory, you hear the highly offensive version Baron Cohen used in Borat.
It would never happen you say? Oh, but it would, and it did…
As you can see in the video included here that’s exactly what happened. As it turns out, the event organizers not only played the wrong Kazakh anthem, but also the wrong Serbian anthem just before that. Dmitrienko’s coach, Anvar Yunusmetov, told the BBC, “Then Maria Dmitrienko’s turn came… She got up on to the pedestal and they played a completely different anthem, offensive to Kazakhstan.”
It’s a bit hard to understand the words watching the video, but perhaps you can get on track with the lyrics, which I’ve included below. As offensive as it may be to play the wrong anthem due to a clear lack of attention to detail, to play these lyrics is rather astonishing.