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CPAC Threatens Lawsuit Over 'Borat' KKK Scene

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The 2020 CPAC conference (Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

Monday, 26 October 2020 03:39 PM

The American Conservative Union (ACU), which puts on the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), has threatened to sue the production company for the new "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" unless it removes portions of the movie filmed at its conference where an actor appears dressed in a Ku Klux Klan outfit.

The scenes were filmed at CPAC's 2020 conference earlier this year.

"Any implication that KKK style hatred would be welcome at CPAC is false and malicious," attorneys for the ACU wrote in a letter to the movie's star, Sacha Baron Cohen, and its production company, Four by Two Films, Fox News reported.

The letter calls on the filmmakers to "immediately cease and desist from using any content filmed during CPAC in Borat 2 and its trailers," adding that CPAC's security "intercepted an individual" dressed in a Klan outfit attempting to enter the CPAC event. ACU communications director Ian Walters told Fox News that the person was not Cohen, but another actor, though it appears the character in the movie is supposed to be Cohen's character Borat.

"It is unclear whether Borat's Fake Klansman colleague is an actual KKK member on your team, a Democrat politician working with your production team, or one of you purchased a racist costume," the letter read. "In any case, he attempted to attend CPAC under false light and with a malicious purpose."

The letter said that "Amazon and the Borat team" may find "racism and white supremacy ... amusing or entertaining," but that "CPAC strongly disagrees and finds repugnant your trivialization of the KKK's legacy of hatred, intimidation, and murder."

In fact, the ACU spokesman noted to Fox that an image of the person dressed in the Klan outfit actually made the rounds of social media the day it occurred — without context — sparking outrage.

The Black Lives Matter, D.C. Twitter account tweeted a photo of the person walking in the halls of the building, noting:

It's confirmed that the @GaylordNational indeed had a KKK at their establishment. We contacted them and ask that they address this with a public statement with their position. We was told that the Public Relations Director is off today. @Marriott doesn't feel this is of urgency.

"People were scared," Walters said. He noted that while he can appreciate a prank, "this isn't pranksterism anymore."

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The American Conservative Union (ACU), which puts on the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), has threatened to sue the production company for the new "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" unless it removes portions of the movie filmed at its conference.
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