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Ali G is Back and Already Pissing Off Politicians

Thompson July 13, 2018 July 13th, 2018

Sacha Baron Cohen is back to his old tricks in the You-Ess-of-Aye with some recent controversy surrounding his new show Who Is America? To be frank, we’re not sure how anyone could possibly be tricked by this household name in this day and age, but apparently anything is possible in 2018.

As he’s done with his previous characters — Ali G., Borat, and Bruno — Baron Cohen reportedly disguised himself and utilized some now well-honed PR wizardry to supply Who Is America? with unwitting interview subjects including former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, failed senate candidate Roy Moore, disgraced ex-Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, Ted Koppel, former Vice President Dick Cheney, and Senator Bernie Sanders.

Thus far, there’s no word from the Sanders camp. But as we know from the 2016 primaries, Bernie tends to be a good sport when things don’t go his way. Meanwhile, Palin and Moore — both of whom should be delighted that their names are in the news for any reason that isn’t a personal scandal at this point in the careers — have been whining and moaning.

Palin has demanded an apology from Baron Cohen and Showtime. Moore — whose campaign for an Alabama senate seat last year was plagued by his alleged affinity for underage girls —  is threatening legal action, while neglecting to specify which legal statues he thinks Baron Cohen or Showtime violated.

The comedian hasn’t responded to Moore, but he did issue an in-character statement for Palin.

https://twitter.com/BillyWRuddick/status/1017468494936305664

Now, we can decide to take Palin and Moore’s pearl clutching as authentic threats and allegations, or we can dismiss them as the hollow wailing of notorious attention mongers. In either case, the fact remains that Baron Cohen’s been doing versions of this bit since the first year of the GWB administration. And back in those days, famous people didn’t poop their pants with performative outrage when Ali G. or Bruno made them look silly on television for a few minutes (Paula Abdul, we’re looking at you).

On behalf of America, let us salute Sacha Baron Cohen for shockingly still having the ability to dupe anyone.