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Sacha Baron Cohen’s 2018 TV series Who is America? opened up a can of worms across America when it aired, stacking up awkward (and often incriminating) footage of politicians and celebrities being complete bigots.
The show is basically all the worst parts of America on steroids.
The Georgia state representative at the time, Jason Spencer, was seen on an episode of the show acting as a Chinese tourist (which he does by yelling gibberish), screaming racist profanities, and prancing around before cutting off a mannequin’s prop penis and biting into it.
But Spencer wasn’t the only person who comes out of Cohen’s show with their reputation in tatters.
There was also US Senate candidate Roy Moore, who says he was “tricked” into an interview for the show that saw him being on the receiving end of much ridicule, reports Sky News.
Moore subsequently took Cohen to court for the so-called “paedophile detector” joke, where the Borat actor and comedian demonstrated the bogus device.
You can see him starting to lose his cool from around the three-minute mark:
The thing is, Moore agreed to be on the show (having been told he would receive an award for supporting Israel) and even signed a clear disclosure agreement that prohibited any legal claims over the appearance.
Judge John Cronan made that exact point, dismissing the $95 million lawsuit against Cohen yesterday:
“In light of the context of Judge Moore’s interview, the segment was clearly a joke and no reasonable viewer would have seen it otherwise,” the judge wrote.
Aren’t big shot politicians and celebs supposed to do some research before appearing on a show like this?
Moore must really have his head in the sand if he didn’t see something like this coming.
In the segment, Moore says “I’ve been married for 33 and never had an accusation of such things” stone-faced.
That’s patently false, with a number of sexual misconduct accusations made against Mr Moore, claiming that he had “pursued sexual and romantic relationships with teens when he was a man in his 30s”.
He denied these accusations, which once again came to light during his 2017 race for US Senate, which he also lost.
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