Why Borat has become a racist nickname for East Europeans living in Britain
t is racist to give someone from Eastern Europe the nickname Borat, an employment tribunal has ruled.A Polish engineer, named as Mr A Ruda, was degraded and humiliated when he was repeatedly called the name by a fellow worker in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, it found.
The decision means a million Poles and other Eastern Europeans now living in Britain are legally victims of racial abuse if bantering workmates call them by names that appear to refer to their native countries.
Borat, the comic character made famous by Sacha Baron Cohen, is said to be a national of Kazakhstan, the Asian former Soviet republic that borders Russia and China.
Kazakhs have long resented both the comedian and his films which they say traduce their nation and its people.
The Leeds tribunal declared someone who was not from Eastern Europe would not have been called Borat and so the engineer, from Wakefield-based TEi Ltd, ‘had been the subject of direct race discrimination’.