We knew it would happen somewhere sooner or later.
Sacha Baron Cohen has managed to rile up another Asian country with yet another movie release. Tajikistan has decided not to screen The Dictator after authorities decided the movie was incompatible with the nation's "mentality". While the film is being released in neighbouring Uzbekistan and other former-Soviet states, Daler Davlatov of the Tatan distribution company said that Tajikistan cannot be grouped with these countries.
Davalatov, who owns the sole distributor of foreign movies in Tajikistan, said “It's wrong to compare us with Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and with other countries. "It's incorrect because we have a different mentality. We're not going to give Dictator a premiere because of these considerations.”
This isn’t the first time that Cohen’s films have been banned. Borat rubbed the nation of Kazakhstan up the wrong way and was subsequently banned. However, the country's foreign ministry later admitted that tourist numbers had skyrocketed after the release of the comedy. One Tajik political scientist, Muso Asozoda said that the ban on The Dictator will just increase the amount of local interest in the movie. What country can Sacha Baron Cohen get a movie banned from next? Let’s face it, he appears to have found a recipe that he feels works.