Six Czech tourists fined for sporting ‘Borat’ mankinis in Kazakhstan

In this image made available by informburo.kz, on Wednesday Nov. 15, 2017 shows a group of Czech tourists dressed in swimsuits made famous by TV and film character Borat in Atana, Friday Nov. 10, 2017. The group of six Czech tourists who visited Kazakhstan dressed up in the skimpy swimsuits have reportedly been detained by authorities in the central Asian country's capital Astana. Sporting lime green "mankinis" and black wigs, the men had hoped to take a picture in front of the "I Love Astana" sign. But local police detained them on Friday and fined them 22,500 tenge ($68) each, according to the Kazakh news website informburo.kz. (informburo.kz, via AP)

PRAGUE (AP) — Six Czech tourists who dressed up in skimpy swimsuits made famous by Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Borat” have reportedly been detained by authorities in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana.

Sporting lime green “mankinis” and black wigs, the men had hoped to take a picture in front of the “I Love Astana” sign.

But local police took action, detaining them on Friday and fining them 22,500 tenge ($68) each for committing minor hooliganism, according to the Kazakh news website informburo.kz.

The swimsuit became popular after Baron Cohen, playing the fictional Kazakh television presenter Borat, sported it in the 2006 movie “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.”

That film offended many Kazakhs by portraying the country as backward and degenerate.

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