I feel bad for those whom Borat tricked into being on his movie, but I don't believe some will win their law suits for it. To me (and please tell me why you agree or disagree) it's about integrity and character. You either have it or you don't. They were being themselves.
I was tricked into an interview on D Ali G's HBO show a couple of years ago. It was very well staged and even after qualifying them with an internet search, they appeared to be legitimate. We filmed for over 3 hours and he asked very racist and sexist questions. I just responded very honestly and tried to help him understand why the questions were not the way to treat people. Then he started attacking me!! On one attack, I put him in a choke hold and took him down. That's the one they showed over and over on HBO.
I mean, I was a complete sucker! I bought it hook, line and sinker. Boy, did I feel like a fool. But, it was all in good fun and I can enjoy a good joke, even if it was at my own expense.
The episode I was on was in season 2: guide to hobbies (I think, I'll check and make sure).
You can see it by going to youtube and looking for the hobbies segment. Or, go to http://youtube.com/watch?v=Rq5lWasddGq
You can also read a follow up interview I did with his fan club at www.webgeordie.co.uk/borat/behindscenes.htm
If you're really into this, please answer me this: Do you think anyone would be interested in reading a short book or booklet about beating borat? I've written a book before about emotional self defense. It's like a book on how to develop integrity and character as well as how to spot potentially abusive relationships and physical dating self defense techniques. Anyway, I thought I could call this book: Beating Borat: The Survival of Integrity in America.
Tell me your thoughts. I really want to know. Thanks