Borat's Sacha Baron Cohen 'donates $100,000 to Jeanise Jones' church'

Brenda Watkins
October 31, 2020

The Rev. Derrick Scobey, senior pastor of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church, said Cohen donated $100,000 to the church on Wednesday.

Jeanise Jones was one of the many unsuspecting members of the public duped into appearing in the Sacha Baron Cohen sequel.

Jones, 62, became a breakout star in the sequel when she advised Borat's daughter Tutar, played by 24-year-old actress Maria Bakalova, to learn to love herself, reconsider getting plastic surgery and reassess the "Melania" fairy tale and the lies her father told her while growing up in her home country.

Jones believed she was taking part in a documentary about child brides, having been under the impressed that Tutar was a real 15-year-old in danger of being married off to an older man. She was paid $3,600 for her two days of work, which aligns with the pay scale for Screen Actors Guild workers.

Pastor Derrick Scobey, who previously set up a GoFundMe for Jones that reached over $127,000, was glad that Jones' co-star was very supportive of what Jones does. "Maybe it's a little risque, some of the things in the movie, but he has a good heart".

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Jeanise Jones was recruited by producers to ' to film several scenes with Maria Bakalova.

However the movie made such a positive impact in numbers that it was revealed that within the first few hours of the release, "more than one million fans tuned in to interact in a live Q&A" with Borat, participating in the worldwide watch party. "I am thinking this is for real so I felt kind of betrayed by it". So far, he's managed to raise more than $140,000 (£108,353) for her. He was also happy that Cohen believes in the church's community outreach and ability to help.

Jones lost her job of 32 years due to the pandemic, and her community has been beset with natural disasters this month.

Throughout a dialog with The Put up on Monday, Jones stated she was merely doing what she thought was the "Christian factor to do".

Scobey continued: "While all these people around the world are loving how she's the moral compass of the movie, she's sitting here serving people in the dark and in the cold". I don't know where they got that from. The joke is on us/Jeanise and that's no problem, ' Scobey wrote.

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