Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Messages from Two “Borat” Characters, Jeanise Jones and Macy Chanel, The Good and Bad Side of the Film


Here’s an update on two of the real people who were conscripted by Sacha Baron Cohen to be in “Borat 2.”

Jeanise Jones, the professional baby sitter who becomes the heart and soul of the movie, posted this message to Facebook today:

“Thank you to all who have reached out to me from here in OKC to around the entire world! Yes it was me in the Borat movie. I was recruited to be in a “Documentary”. At ABSOLUTELY NO time did I know this was a satirical comedy movie and that I was being “setup” so to speak. It’s all good I just did what my Mother Ozell Smith (RIP) taught me to do from as far back as I remember.
Again, thank you to all and to God be the glory for it all.”
Borat leaves his “daughter” with Jeanise, along with a ball and chain and a dog bowl, for hours. Jeanise rises to the occasion, doing everything to help Tutar and liberate her from her father. She is wise and wonderful. She’s also a real person, so all the attention may be scary. You can tell from her picture that she’s cool. I’m hopeful she will contact me at

On the flip side is Macy Chanel, a self styled “influencer” on Instagram, whose photo collection of selfies doesn’t leave much to imagination. I wrote to her the day before the movie hit Amazon, and this is how she replied:

“Thank you for your request.  I have received a significant amount of inquiries from the media around Borat. I am willing to provide an exclusive to the publication who: Provides a final cut of any scene(s) from the movie in advance of the release date and After reviewing the footage, preview of questions for the interview.Please let me know if you still have an interest.”

Macy has taken like a duck to water with the movie’s release. I’m sure she’s hoping to become a Real Housewife of Beverly Hills. In the movie she gives Tutar advice about how to attract very old rich men. Macy posted the clip of her encounter with Tutar.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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