Borat Above the Law Legal Blog Law Gossip Borat.JPGA Borat lawsuit has been filed. But the plaintiff isn’t a Turkish “internet celebrity” with a dubious claim that he’s the “real” Borat.
Plaintiffs are two frat boys who appeared in the movie. From TMZ (via Overlawyered):

Two anonymous plaintiffs are suing 20th Century Fox and One America Productions, claiming members of their college fraternity were interviewed to become part of the smash “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” film.

The plaintiffs — listed as John Doe 1 and John Doe 2 — were allegedly assured the film would not be shown in the U.S. and their identities would not be revealed.

They were both selected to appear in the movie and, according to the suit, taken “to a drinking establishment ‘to loosen up’ and provided alcoholic beverages.” They claim they signed the movie releases after “heavy drinking.”

Some frat boys were given beers by some movie producers. We have yet to see the problem.

The movie features a scene in a motor home where Cohen gets drunk with three frat boys and the group watches the Pamela Anderson/Tommy Lee sex tape while inebriated.

Oh, and they were shown a sex video. Guys, we’re still not seeing the cause of action.

The plaintiffs claim they suffered “humiliation, mental anguish, and emotional and physical distress, loss of reputation, goodwill and standing in the community…” because the movie was indeed released in the U.S.

So Borat showed frat boys getting plastered and watched porn. And this caused them “humiliation” and “mental anguish”?
Perhaps the plaintiffs need to familiarize themselves with how fraternity members are viewed in the popular imagination. See, e.g., Animal House.
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