Sacha Baron Cohen has donated $100,000 to the community church of Jeanise Jones, the woman who played the unwitting babysitter to Borat’s daughter, Tutar, (Maria Bakalova) in Borat 2.
Jones’s church initially started a GoFundMe campaign to help out Jones, who won over audience hearts with her earnest affection for Bakalova, whom she thought was a 15-year-old girl who was being sold as a child bride to an older man. Jones apparently thought she was participating in a documentary.
Because Jones is unemployed and a church favorite, her pastor started a GoFundMe to help her out.
“Please consider saying thank you to Jeanise with a tangible gift,” read the GoFundMe page. “She’s unemployed right now due to Covid. Previously, she worked on a job for 32 years! She’s faithful! Please consider giving a contribution to simply to say thank you to Jeanise for being “A moral compass and a light shining in darkness” in this movie. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Sacha Cohen Baron and (producer) Monica Levinson for casting Jeanise in this movie.”
Now, Baron Cohen has added to the fundraising momentum. At Jones’s request, the $100,000 from Baron Cohen will not go to Jones, but will be spread out to her Oklahoma City community on her behalf by the local Ebenezer Baptist Church. The funds have been earmarked for shelter, food, and any other needs the community has.
The GoFundMe for Jones herself has reached more than $132,000 in donations.
Pastor Derrick Scobey said none of the Baron Cohen money will be going to the church itself.