Jeanise Jones, The Babysitter In “Borat 2,” Felt “Kind Of Betrayed” When She Found Out Borat Wasn’t Real
One of the only people to appear in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm that didn’t make me want to start stockpiling combustibles so I can shoot myself into space was Jeanise Jones, the babysitter Sacha Baron Cohen’s character Borat hires to watch over his daughter, Tutar. According to IndieWire, Jeanise – who has become the breakout star that is being heralded as the film’s “moral compass,” had no idea that the supposedly 15-year-old girl she thought was being married off to an American, was actually 24-year-old Bulgarian actress Maria Bakalova. In fact, Jeanise was so worried about “Tutar,” that she had her entire congregation at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, praying for her for months. Understandably, Jeanise was a little miffed to find out the truth when her cousin showed her a trailer for the movie just last week and was like, “this you?”
Jones gave an interview to the New York Post in which she said she feels “betrayed” by the Borat 2 filmmaking team as she was led to believe that she was taking part in a real documentary about a teenage girl being groomed to marry a rich man. Jones had no idea the situation was crafted for the Borat 2 storyline and said she spent weeks worried for the fate of Tutar, who she assumed was a real girl being groomed. Jones landed the part in Borat 2 due to her association with the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, which the production used to cast the role.
“I’m feeling [Tutar is] from the Third World and that kind of stuff does happen where they sell women,” Jones told The Post. “I’m thinking this is for real so I felt kind of betrayed by it…We were concerned. We were up there praying for her and asking God to help her and we were doing what we thought was the Christian thing to do.”
Here’s the scene where Jeanise tries to talk Tutar out of getting plastic surgery, assuring her that getting breast implants won’t help her swim.
Jeanise, a 62-year-old grandmother of six who was recently laid off from her job as an insurance claims auditor, was only paid a total of $3,600 to appear in what she thought was a legitimate documentary that would premier overseas sometime in November. She was recruited for the role through her pastor at Ebenezer Baptist. Apparently her pastor, Derrick Scobey, wasn’t aware of SBC’s plans either. He put the crew in touch with Jeanise after they approached the church about (via NYP) “needing a ‘sassy’ black grandmother in her 70s to participate in a documentary.” According to IndieWire:
“This was not scripted for Jeanise,” Scobey wrote on the crowdfunding page. “It all came from the heart. 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.”
Thankfully, even though SBC and Amazon come off like cheapskates here, more than a few of her new fans are willing to help out. A GoFundMe set up for her by her pastor has already reached over $100,000. Shiny new titties might not save someone from drowning, but bags of cash sure can. Pragmatic and to the point as always, in an interview with Metro UK, Jeanise had this to say:
“They played me good, but it is what it is. Nobody died.”
I wish I could have Jeanise babysit me through the next week’s election. Sadly, since I know what her time is worth, I also know I can’t afford her.