Along with the Borat movie's many unwitting victim/stars, yet another subgroup of angry Kazakh-lashers are emerging: those who suddenly find themselves putting up with endless, irritating Borat mimicry by the show's impressionable teen audiences. Dubbing it "the Borat effect," ABCNews.com examines how the movie's outrageous comic sequences have some parents worried they might soon be subjected to an inter-sibling penetrative liplock at the dinner table:
"Some guys have been more disrespectful [to me]," said Serrano, a 17-year-old student at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology. "They go around repeating that line, 'Very nice. How much?' to some of the girls. I think it's disgraceful." [...]
Jonathan Melendez, a 17-year-old high school student from the Bronx, N.Y., says that he's heard teens repeat some of the more misogynistic lines from the movie. [...]
[He] says that some of his neighbors were inspired by a scene in which Borat gives a plastic bag containing his feces to the hostess of a dinner party.
"Someone on my block took a dump and put it in a bag and threw it at people," he said. "Can you believe that?"
While it's hardly surprising that America's teens would parrot their prankster movie hero, the blind thrall with which they slavishly recreate some of the film's most misogynistic, racist, and xenophobic elements should be enough to raise legitimate concerns. Sadly, however, it will probably require America's teenagers taking their copycat behavior to the next level—say, by organizing boy-only, nutsling-modeling parties to explore the prostate probing pleasures of a passed around, molded rubber fist—before educators and parents step in to actively monitor and control their behavior.
- Parents Fear 'Borat' May Encourage Kazakhi-Cat Behavior [ABCNews.com]