- Fans surpassed the $100,000 GoFundMe goal for Jeanise Jones, the beloved babysitter in the "Borat" sequel.
- Jones, 62, told Insider in an interview that she did not know the movie was a comedy, and believed it was a documentary about women living without rights in impoverished parts of the world.
- Jones' pastor, Derrick Scobey, set up the GoFundMe for her. "This is to help her, this is to help her family, especially during COVID," he told Insider.
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Fans have raised more than $100,000 for the babysitter in "Borat 2," who told Insider she didn't know the film would be a comedy and thought it would not be released in the US.
The buzzy film stars Sacha Baron Cohen, portraying a fictional Kazakh journalist, who wants to offer his daughter, Tutar, to Vice President Mike Pence as a gift from his native country.
Jeanise Jones, 62, was considered the moral compass of "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm," streaming now on Amazon. In the mockumentary — which she thought was a documentary about women from impoverished nations with antifeminist laws — she educated teenaged Tutar, played by actress Maria Bakalova, on women's rights and taught her that men and women are equal.
For her pivotal role in the movie, Jones earned $3,600. She was then laid off from her job as a receptionist due to the pandemic. Her pastor, Derrick Scobey of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, told Insider that he started a GoFundMe page after Amazon released the film so that Jones' fans, whom he said were reaching out via social media, could support her financially.
By Thursday afternoon, just four days after Scobey posted the GoFundMe with a $100,000 goal, it's surpassed $117,000.
"As her pastor who loves her and is going to protect her … this money is for her. This is to help her, this is to help her family, especially during COVID," Scobey told Insider in an interview.
Jones told Insider in an interview that she truly thought the teenager she babysat in the movie was a real girl from Kazakhstan, who was being groomed as a bride for Pence. In reality, though, she was a 24-year-old actress, whose onscreen father, Borat, was a character played by Baron Cohen.
Jones said producers told her she would prboably never see the movie.
"We were told that the US wasn't gonna see it that much, mainly the UK," she told Insider. "I didn't think nobody really would see it."
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