Just days after Rudy Giuliani made headlines for having several news sources, including Fox, decline to run his Hunter Biden email story due to credibility concerns, the former NYC mayor is facing a new controversy, this time surrounding his, erm, questionable appearance in Borat's new sequel, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.
The movie, which is set to hit theatres on Friday, includes a compromising scene painting a less-than "very nice" portrait of Giuliani, where he puts his hand down his pants in front of a young actress playing Tutar, Borat's 15-year-old journalist daughter. To paraphrase Sacha Baron Cohen's iconic character, "great success!" ... not. In the last act of the film, Tutar schedules an interview with the political figure, meeting him in a hotel room, where according to Vanity Fair, he "he holds her hands, compliments her appearance, and follows her to the bedroom." After she starts taking off their mics, he lays down on the hotel bed, placing his hand down his pants. "Watching it, your brain turns into an exclamation point," reviewer Sonia Saraiya wrote of the tense scene. Finally, Cohen intervenes. "She's 15," he exclaims as Borat, running into the room. "She's too old for you." Although Maria Bakalova, the actress who plays Tutar, is actually 24 years old, according to her IMDB page, as Saraiya puts it, "you cannot help wondering exactly what Giuliani may have done next."
However, they were stopped, and Giuliani's next move was the call the police on the famed actor. "This guy comes running in, wearing a crazy, what I would say was a pink transgender outfit," Giuliani told The New York Post of the incident. "It was a pink bikini, with lace, underneath a translucent mesh top, it looked absurd. He had the beard, bare legs, and wasn't what I would call distractingly attractive."
Opinions on Sacha Baron Cohen's looks aside, Giuliani says it took him a while to realize the man in question was the Borat star. "I only later realized it must have been Sacha Baron Cohen. I thought about all the people he previously fooled, and I felt good about myself because he didn't get me." At the time of the New York Post interview in early July, Giuliani still identified as a fan of the 2006 blockbuster, due to his travels to Kazakhstan, even quoting the film in the iconic accent. "'She is my sister. She is number four prostitute in all of Kazakhstan,'" he recited. "That was pretty funny."
Whether Giuliani's enjoyment of Borat will continue is to be determined. Yet, there are a few things that are certain in this complicated and ever-evolving fiasco. If you're a politician and you've been asked to be interviewed by a reporter, you may want to double-check and make sure that the journalist in question is definitely not Sacha Baron Cohen, lest you end up like former Georgia lawmaker, Jason Spencer, former Illinois congressman, Joe Walsh, and now good ol' Rudy. That and maybe don't stick your hands down your pants in front of a female reporter -- I think they cover that in media training 101.