Borat fans raise more than $115,000 for film’s ‘black grandmother’ after she lost her job in the coronavirus crisis

FANS of the new Borat have raised more than $115,000 for a woman who featured as a "black grandmother" in the film but has since lost her job because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jeanise Jones, 62, was recruited for the picture, titled Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, from the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Oklahoma City.


The film is a sequel to 2006 hit Borat, which followed fictional Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev, played by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, on a journey around the US to learn about the country's culture.

It has been released ahead of next week's presidential election, and sees Borat return to the US to offer his daughter, Tutar, played by Maria Bakalova, as a bride to Vice President Mike Pence.

Jones features in a number of scenes throughout the film after being asked to take care of Tutar, and is seen encouraging her to ignore sexist comments made by her father.

At one point she tells Tutar to "be happy" and at other to "use your brain, because your daddy is a liar".

Following the release of the film, Derrick Scobey, Jones's pastor, set up a GoFundMe to tell fans that Jones had recently lost her job after 32 years.

He said that Jones was a mother-of-three, grandmother-of-six, and "just an overall great person".

"This was not scripted for Jeanise. It all came from the heart," he said.

"She is one of the most authentic people I’ve ever met. One good thing that has come from this is that Jeanise doesn’t have to worry about “Tutar” anymore.

"She has WORRIED about this young lady for a year."

Scobey explained that Jones was recruited after he was approached by producers looking for a "black grandmother" for a small role in a "documentary".

"Jeanise emerged as that person and she was completely unaware that this was a comedy, and all of this was made up," he said.

"We have been praying for the young lady in the movie because we all genuinely thought she was in trouble.

"Many of you have reached from around the world to say thank you, so I thought it would be great to give people a vehicle to say thank you in a tangible way."

The fundraiser has so taken over 4,800 donations totalling $118,303.

Speaking to the New York Post after the film's release, Jones said she had been "trying to give the best advice I know".

"In that kind of situation, you can't help but have patience because you're trying to help somebody – at least, that's what I thought," she said.

She also told Variety that she was "glad to know [Bakalova's] not really in that situation."

"[Cohen], I don't know. It wasn't real, so I would shake his hand and say, 'You got me'," she said.

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