The Babysitter in 'Borat 2' Says She Didn't Know The Film Was Satirical
It turns out Rudy Giuliani wasn't the only person bamboozled by Borat 2 -- last week, Jeanise Jones, who appeared in the movie as a babysitter for Borat's teenage daughter Tutar, spoke out about her very Baron Cohen experience filming the Subsequent Moviefilm, which she said she thought was a documentary.
"Thank you to all who have reached out to me from here in OKC to around the entire world!" wrote Jones, in a recent Facebook post. "Yes it was me in the Borat movie. I was recruited to be in a 'Documentary'. At ABSOLUTELY NO time did I know this was a satirical comedy movie and that I was being "setup" so to speak."
In the film, Jones was hired to babysit Tutar, played by 24-year-old Bulgarian newcomer Maria Bakalova, as Borat sets out to find work to pay for her breast augmentation, with the intent of gifting his daughter to "America's Most Famous Ladies' Man," Vice President Mike Pence. In their first scene together, Tutar teeters unsteadily through the front entrance in a pair of sky-high heels, stopping to receive what appears to treat at Borat's tap of a clicker before squatting next to the door on command. "So what is that, like a treat?" she asks, a look of what appears to be confusion and concern splashed across her face. "Treat, uh, yeah," Cohen replies before whipping out a ball and chain and a dog bowl, explaining how his daughter cannot drink from a cup.
"It really took me a minute to comprehend what was going on. I saw this little girl all chained up with this ball and a collar around her neck," Jones told Variety of the incident. Yet it didn't stop there. According to the L.A. Times, Bakalova "went full method" in her portrayal of Tutar, seemingly staying in character throughout their time together. "The people in that house had a goldfish tank and she wanted to eat one. She was good," Jones recalled. "She said women in her country didn't sit in cars, didn't go to school or have jobs. She was also wearing horse blinders, she said, to keep her focused. I finally convinced her to take those off."
Although Jones says she never wanted to call child protective services of the incident, unsure of "what kind of rights we had," she said she suggested introducing Tutar to the American education system to teach her about how women are treated in the U.S. " ... I'm thinking she's really from a third-world and that's how they treat women and young girls," said Jones, who has yet to see the movie but has expressed that she plans on watching it eventually. "I take her to a school and let her observe girls in a classroom who can read and write just like boys. I was thinking it was real, so my thought was they were going to take her to see different things and make it so she could be able to stay in the United States. Evidently, that's not what happened."
For a year following the shoot, Jones says she prayed for Tutar's wellbeing, seemingly disturbed by the notion of a ball and chain wearing teenager drinking from a dog bowl and attempting to eat pet goldfish. Yet to her surprise, and likely relief, such was not the case -- none of it was real.
On Wednesday, the New York Post reported that Jones said she felt betrayed by the incident, however, the Oklahoma resident disputed the claims, taking partial responsibility for the mixup. "'Betrayed' never came out of my mouth," she said. "I don't know where they got that from. I'm not ever going to say I was betrayed because it was partially my fault I didn't read the contracts. I'll take my responsibility on that."
Despite the confusion surrounding the Subsequent Moviefilm's breakout star, it is worth noting that there are no shots of Jones questionably putting her hand down her pants around Tutar -- Come on, Giuliani, it's not that hard.
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