‘Borat’ fans raise $50K to compensate betrayed babysitter Jeanise Jones – New York Post
Written by on October 28, 2020
They felt she was Sacha Baron Conned.
Sympathetic “Borat 2” fans have raised tens of thousands of dollars for Jeanise Jones, the mockumentary’s “moral compass” who claimed she was “betrayed” by filmmakers.
“I thought it would be great to give people a vehicle to say thank you in a tangible way,” said the Rev. Derrick Scobey, Jones’ pastor at Oklahoma’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, who spearheaded the crowdfunding campaign.
In filmmaker Cohen’s satirical flick, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” Jones, 62, plays the hired baby-sitter for Borat’s daughter Tutar (portrayed by newcomer Maria Bakalova), who is slated to be married off to an older man. However, the Oklahoma native told The Post that she was tricked by recruiters into thinking that the film was a real documentary about grooming gangs.
“I’m thinking this is for real, so I felt kind of betrayed by it,” said Jones, who reportedly spent weeks fretting over Tutar, who she thought was a bona fide child bride.
The senior citizen reportedly only discovered the truth when the film’s trailer came out — which is why her on-screen performance appeared so genuine.
Suffice to say, fans hoped cash donations would ease the pain of Jones’ epic hornswoggling.
Scobey, who had originally met with the “Borat 2” recruiters when they came to Jones’ church, launched a GoFundMe page to compensate her properly after she was only paid $3,600 for the role. So far, the fundraiser has garnered almost $50,000 of its $100,000 goal as of Wednesday morning.
“She is one of the most authentic people I’ve ever met,” the pastor wrote on the fundraiser page. “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.”
The contributions are especially life-changing as Jones recently lost her job due to COVID-19 after being employed for 32 years, per the fundraiser page.