Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Humiliated Fraternity Boys File Suit over 'Borat' Portrayal

Statements in the movie “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan,” attributed to members of the University of South Carolina Chi Psi chapter are condemned by National Fraternity

Two fraternity boys want to make lawsuit against "Borat" over their drunken appearance in the hit movie. The legal action filed Thursday on their behalf claims they were duped into appearing in the spoof documentary "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," in which they made racist and sexist comments on camera.

Chi Psi responds:
Hendersonville, TN -- The statements made by three men, identified in the movie “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” as members of the University of South Carolina chapter of Chi Psi Fraternity, were condemned today by the national leadership of Chi Psi Fraternity. These three individuals do not speak in any official capacity on behalf of the local chapter at the University of South Carolina, nor any other component or chapter of the Fraternity.
Chi Psi Fraternity does not condone the comments made by these men. Chi Psi Fraternity is founded on the ideals of excellence, diversity, and high moral standards. Its mission is to create and maintain an enduring society which encourages respect for oneself and others. Its values include commitment to the growth of individual members by nurturing integrity, dignity, and maturity. The Fraternity welcomes a healthy discussion of the statements in the film to help the Fraternity and its members learn and grow from this experience. The organization intends to use this event to foster internal discussions on our core values and mission.
The Fraternity takes this matter seriously and intends to address it through its established internal processes in conjunction with the University of South Carolina and the local chapter.
Chi Psi Fraternity was founded in 1841 at Union College in Schenectady, New York. It is the eighth fraternity founded in the United States and the fifth at Union College. It currently has 30 chapters across the country.