Borat song played instead of the official national anthem

Posted by Mark

Frankom posted a video of what looks like a sporting event that took place in Kuwait recently and the girl who came in first was from Kazakhstan. Instead of playing the official Kazakhstan national anthem during the flag raising they mistakenly played Borat’s version of the anthem which I found hilarious.

The look on the girls face is priceless, she’s either thinking “wtf are they playing?” OR “damn it not again!”. [Video]

Update: The original video was removed from YouTube so I’ve uploaded it again and updated the links.


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  1. Bahaar says:

    I am shocked that she didn’t feel offended or uncomfortable . why she didn’t protest, raise her hand, made a gesture, done something to show there is a mistake!! she acts like nothing is wrong.

    • Mark says:

      Probably because she knows it was a mistake (a stupid one obviously) but she didn’t want to ruin the ceremony or event.

      • 3azeez says:

        She was clearly offended and uncomfortable. It even looked like she was fighting back tears.

        But just for the record, i heard that this happened before somewhere else as well. I don’t recall in which country but I heard about it on the BBC. lol

        btw, it happened to Kuwait as well abroad when they played our Emiri music instead of our current national anthem. and also happens alot that they mistake the old Emiri music (which was instad of national anthem) with another song that uses its tunes and was released during the invasion!

        • lloyd_911 says:

          I think I read that too, someone else messed up their anthem. He played a Ricky Martin song…..and ended up getting fired.

    • Tizoc says:

      Because she has a sense of humor.

  2. aaa says:

    Hahahahahaha

  3. Frankom says:

    ” Damn it not again” !

    LOL !

  4. abdou says:

    If the Kuwait anthem was supposed to be played but the Borat one was played instead…it would no longer be hilarious or priceless.

  5. Dougmacho says:

    This IS my siiiister

  6. sooli says:

    very offensive. somethings just cant be funny in situations like this.

  7. MYK says:

    “Kazakhstan’s prostitutes cleanest in the region.
    Except of course Turkmenistan’s”

    This just took the word fail to another level! I’m sure the person responsible google’d/youtube’d Kazakhistan National Anthem and didn’t listen carefuly.

    Stupid, very very stupid!

  8. Just says:

    LOL ! HII FAYF for that one !

  9. whitey says:

    or playing Haifa’s “Boos Il Wawa” when Lebanese national anthem should play….

    still the Borat thing…funny!!!

  10. That sexy hot chubby one . says:

    You got be kidding me !! :I this is not real , right ?

  11. His Xcel says:

    hmm, they can argue, the music was comicly dubbed..
    if not, they’re tethering with diplomatic protest.
    hope all are naive, then it’ll be calm.

  12. Banzin says:

    and the problem is they put the part where they say
    “kazakhstan prostitutes cleanest in the region”

  13. Bojaij says:

    This was shot and uploaded yesterday.

    It took me 2 minutes to realize the EPIC mishap. The poor girl was laughing her head off when the music started playing.

    The video was shot with a Samsung Galaxy S2 and the LCD is a Sony Bravia, Thus the unusually clear picture quality for A KTV channel

    Thanks Mark for blogging about it. Hopefully Sacha Cohen Baron will know about it now ;)

  14. Bojaij says:

    I was switching from the Xbox HDMI to the PS3 HDMI and I got the TV HDMI instead….call me lucky

  15. Al-Marzouq says:

    I have a feeling this is doctored, but I would not be at all surprised if it isnt.

    • Bojaij says:

      أتمنى ككويتي لو كان الفيديو مفبرك..لكن هذا إللى صار و يمكنك التأكد من منظمي البطولة إذا تعرف أحد منهم وتلفزيون الكويت إللي نقل البطولة أمس

  16. Kal says:

    that was outrageous! I can’t believe how stupid that was, or that person was, or his supervisor was, or the whole fucked up ministry was! and they ask for a raise or they’d strike! I just wanna clarify one to the Kazakhstan people that he who did that doesn’t represent any of us (Kuwaitis) so I hope you’d accept our sincere apology.

  17. Kuwaitiful says:

    “mistakenly”? I think not.

  18. Proud Kuwaiti says:

    And they want a raise?

  19. Buzz says:

    The video was yanked off of youtube!? I get an error message. Copyright issues?

  20. Bojaij says:

    Al Watan daily paper confirms the “Huge mistake” and prints an Arabic translation of the lyrics

    http://alwatan.kuwait.tt/articledetails.aspx?id=181384

  21. Bojaij says:

    I’m going ahead and deleting the Video. I have no intentions of causing more harm. Kuwaiti officials did apologize to the Kazakh team after the incident.

  22. 50 says:

    why did u delete?????

  23. bojaij says:

    Borat himself would have done the same thing for his country. I Am A PROUD citizen of the great country of Kuwait.

  24. bojaij says:

    @bojaij follow me on Twitter if you are a very bored or a very drunk Arabic-speaking Legal Alien living in Kuwait. I hope google translate works this time around.

    Cheers Mark!

  25. bojaij says:

    @bojaij follow me on Twitter if you are a very bored or a very drunk Arabic-speaking Legal Alien living in Kuwait. I hope google translate works this time around.

    Cheers Mark!

  26. Nathan says:

    It may sound funny to you, but if I was in her position, I would have taken it as a big insult and stormed out of the event.

  27. tylenol says:

    Yekshimaish! classsiiic!

  28. Yusef says:

    Its on the front page of digg right now.

  29. Del says:

    “Reports say the film is also banned in Kuwait.”
    “the tournament’s organisers had also got the Serbian national anthem wrong”.
    Talk about being criminally idiotic.

  30. Bojaij says:

    Viral viral viral

    Good job. It’s (Your) Video now Mark.

    *Sneaks out of the room*

    • Mark says:

      lol actually majority are linking to a youtube upload, my upload is on dailymotion but thats also gotten nearly 10,000 views today so they also must be coming from somewhere. You should have kept your video online not sure why you deleted it.

  31. Bojaij says:

    Quite few Kazakhs didn’t find it funny from the Emails I got, and they politely asked me to remove it if I was sincere about my apology as A Kuwaiti. Personally I started feeling guilty for causing more embarrassment to the girl, who I’m sure had the worst day in her life as an Athlete, and was hoping that no one was watching A Women Shooting championship on a Kuwaiti sports channel.

    Sacha Cohen Baron probably knows about the video now, so lets hope his next movie will be about the funny side (All sides?) of Kuwait

    Thanks again from spreading the video

  32. Yeni says:

    This is now the number 1 most read story on BBC news. Good Job Kuwait :)

  33. Nathan says:

    Kuwait made front page on reddit. *facepalm*

  34. His Xcel says:

    ‘HUNCH this might end up in 1 of US midnight live shows (i.e Leno, Kimmel, Fallon, etc.)

  35. Chris says:

    for all all the “wrong” reasons

  36. Anon says:

    Al Jazeera is broadcasting the incident.

  37. maryiam says:

    Someone is going to be swimming with the zubeidi, ever heard of the Kazakhstan mafia. I can’t wait!

  38. Nima says:

    I don’t know why some of you idiots are so excited to be on gizmodo and bbc. This was humiliating for an athlete who deserved better. It shows poorly on this country and further emphasizes the incompetence we’ve grown accustomed to dealing with.

    People like you are the fart smell that wafts into the car when I’m showing visitors around Kuwait.

    Why not get excited for international fame for doing something right and well? Instead of garbage like this?

    And for the record, I loved the movie. But let’s move on people. Stop spouting quotes like its 94 and your impressionable little 11 year old brain just watched The Mask.

    • Samer says:

      hear hear

    • Mark says:

      As some people mentioned online, this mistake actually brought the girl attention (over 2 million views on youtube). If it wasn’t for this mistake no one would know who she is or anything about her achievement so there is kinda a bright side to all of this.

  39. Keith says:

    This incident has been reported on BBC and now I have friends from around the world asking me questions on Facebook. It’s a really stupid thing to do and I cannot dismiss it as a mistake, as this is something that has to be done right. It is downright humiliating and inconsiderate.

  40. Nael says:

    This is stupid, offensive and not even remotely funny, and yes I do have a sense of humor. As for it making her famous, only losers would want to be rememberd over something idiotic like this, imagine her going for a TV show, and instead of discussing her Olympic achievements and goals, most of the interview is about that incident.

    • D. says:

      Don’t you know? If you dare criticize something someone else finds humorous, you automatically have no sense of humor. There is only one universal sense of humor, after all, and nobody is allowed to find different things funny or ever criticize someone’s crappy source of amusement. It’s not like you could possibly have a legitimate gripe or something – nope, you’re just humorless!

  41. tylenol says:

    its on CNN America,,,,, daaang thats emberassing!


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