Czech tourists have been arrested and fined after sporting Borat mankinis.
The group of five stripped down to nothing but Borat’s famous lime green mankini and black wigs in Kazakhstan’s city of Astana.
Standing in freezing conditions, the fans were getting their picture taken in front of the famous ‘I Love Astana’ landmark.
The skimpy suites came to fashion, (well at least in costume dress-ups), when Star Baron Cohen sported one in his 2006 film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
Deemed too indecent for the public eye, Kazakhstan police swooped in to get them covered up and slapped them with a fine of 22, 500 tense, roughly $90 Aussie dollars.
But playing the hero, Sacha Baron Cohen came to the stunt makers rescue, offering to pay their fines.
Cohen wrote on Facebook:
“To my Czech mates who were arrested. Send me your details and proof that it was you, and I’ll pay your fine.”
An email address had been set up for the tourists to contact Cohen directly, conveniently called firstname.lastname@example.org.
The pictures of the Czech pranksters has done its rounds on social media, with many users finding the ordeal hilarious.
“They should have kept those men outside in their swimming suits for a few hours,” a comment on social media said.
“Look at those beauties in their emerald swimming suits,” said another.
The Borat film was originally banned in Kazakahstan, and government officials threatened to sue Cohen for representing the country inappropriately.
However, the film actually improved the country’s tourism, with number of visa issues increasing since the movie was released, and so the ban was lifted in April 2012.