Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has defended his controversial alter-ego BORAT SAGDIYEV, insisting the character was designed to expose small-minded prejudice. Cohen's latest movie, BORAT: CULTURAL LEARNINGS OF AMERICA FOR MAKE BENEFIT GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN, finds the naive Kazakh reporter meeting with people across the United States. The film has become a box office smash, but has caused controversy due to Borat's sexist and racist comments. However, ALI G star Cohen - a practicing Jew - has claimed that rather than Borat being the racist one, he in fact reveals racism in others. Cohen says, "Borat works essentially as a tool. By himself being anti-Semitic, he lets people lower their guard and expose their own prejudice, whether it's anti-Semitism or an acceptance of anti-Semitism. "I think part of the movie shows the absurdity of holding any form of racial prejudice, whether it's hatred of African-Americans or of Jews."