Posted on Friday, March 23rd, 2012 by Russ Fischer
Imagine being a competitor in a sport. You’re from the US, and after placing in the top rounds, you’re about to take your podium at the medal ceremony… when, instead of ‘The Star Spangled Banner,’ the event organizers cue up ‘America! Fuck Yeah!‘ from Team America: World Police.
A near-equivalent version of that happened at the culmination of a shooting competition in Kuwait this week, when gold medalist Maria Dmitrienko of Kazakhstan was greeted at the podium with the fake national anthem created by Sacha Baron Cohen for the film Borat. That’s the song with lyrics like: “Kazakhstan industry best in the world. / We invented toffee and trouser belt. / Kazakhstan’s prostitutes cleanest in the region. / Except of course Turkmenistan’s.”
See a video of the ceremony below.
The Kazakh coach said the organizers had downloaded the wrong national anthem by mistake. The also got the Serbian national anthem wrong, he said, before playing the Borat theme. “Then Maria Dmitrienko’s turn came. She got up on to the pedestal and they played a completely different anthem, offensive to Kazakhstan.” Oops.
And, yeah, I know that a lot of people might be more amused to get the Team America song when they go to the podium. Keep dreaming the dream!