Sacha Baron Cohen appeared as his character Borat at the Kennedy Center Honors, where he roasted Kanye West, Donald Trump and U2.
The Irish band were honoured for their contributions to performing arts at the event, which took place on December 4 but was broadcast on TV last night (December 28) in the US.
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When Cohen’s Borat first appeared on stage, he commented: “I am told the president of US and A is here – where are you, Mr Trump?” The camera panned to President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden in the crowd, with Borat continuing: “Ah, you don’t look so good! Where has your glorious big belly gone? And your pretty orange skin has become pale.”
On the subject of the rise of antisemitism in America and Kanye West, Borat said it was “not fair” because “Kazakhstan is number one Jew-crushing nation”. “Stop stealing our hobby,” he told the crowd. “Your Kanye, he tried to move to Kazakhstan and even change his name to Kazakhstan-Ye West. But we said no. He too antisemitic even for us.”
Borat then moved on to the real reason he was present at the Kennedy Center Honors – “to make…