Showtime Counters Sacha Baron Cohen ‘Stolen Valor’ Claims

Brunilde Fioravanti
Luglio 17, 2018

Two weeks ago Sacha Baron Cohen cryptically tweeted that was working on a new project that would possibly involve Donald Trump and Cohen's usual parody antics. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersOn paper, Wilkie is the flawless candidate for VA secretary, but his qualifications go further Sacha Baron Cohen mulls arming toddlers with guns in inaugural episode Ocasio-Cortez to campaign with Bernie Sanders in Kansas MORE (I-Vt.), while in character as Ruddick.

Sacha Baron Cohen has duped and angered a handful of notable politicians, like Sarah Palin and Joe Walsh, for his new Showtime series "Who Is America?" that premiered on Sunday.

Across the episode, Cohen played a number of characters, including Dr. Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr.

The character was one of four Baron Cohen adopted in the first instalment of Who is America?, which Time said showed "a hint of genius" despite containing "too much filler".

Her words kicked off a #BoycottShowtime campaign on Twitter while an anti-Baron Cohen billboard appeared across the street from CBS studios in Los Angeles that's said to be by a "conservative street artist".

In the episode, the series' debut, Baron Cohen interviewed Senator Bernie Sanders in character as Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr., Ph.D. of Truthbrary.org, a blowhard conspiracy theorist of the likes found on fringe alt-right media.

Palin had previously described Baron Cohen's stunt on Facebook as "evil, exploitive, and sick", blasting him for his "disrespect". "In both the interview with Governor Palin and the interview with Senator Sanders, he did not wear military apparel of any kind", Showtime explains. "The disrespect of our USA military and middle-class Americans via Cohen's foreign commentaries under the guise of interview questions was perverse ..."

The broadcaster behind Who Is America?, Sacha Baron Cohen's new TV show, has said the claim that the comedian made fun of disabled war veterans is erroneous and that Sarah Palin's account of being filmed for the show is inaccurate.

In the first episode of the series, which premiered Saturday night, none of Cohen's characters claimed to be veterans of the USA military. In the works over the past year, Who is America? explores the diverse individuals who populate our unique nation, and features Baron Cohen experimenting in the playground of 2018 America.

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