Showtime Counters Sacha Baron Cohen ‘Stolen Valor’ Claims

17 July, 2018, 16:27 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
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The statement went on to say that Cohen "never presented himself as a veteran of the USA military to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin during the booking process or during the filming of her interview". Well kind-of. Instead of a new movie, Cohen is instead making a new series titled Who Is America?

- Showtime and Sacha Baron Cohen are pushing back against allegations the comedian duped guests on his new show by posing as a disabled veteran.

Showtime said in a statement that Cohen "did not present himself as a disabled veteran" or wear any military apparel when he met with Ms Palin.

The Baron Cohen character in question, Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr., Ph.D., responded to Palin's complaints last week on Twitter, saying that he is not a disabled veteran but only fought for his country once "when I shot a Mexican who came onto my property".

Across the episode, Cohen played a number of characters, including Dr. Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr. Bernie Sanders, claimed to have served in the military.

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The prank comes after Sarah Palin accused Cohen, 46, of duping her into doing an interview by posing as a wounded veteran. Though Ruddick uses a mobility scooter, he explains that it's just "to conserve my body's finite energy".


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Teasers for the new series saw USA former vice president Dick Cheney signing a "waterboard kit" and Sarah Palin unleash a furious Facebook attack, upset to have been one of Cohen's pranked subjects. "Ya" got me, Sacha.

"Stolen valor" was also referenced by the conservative pundit and former congressman Joe Walsh, who was also duped by Baron Cohen and claimed that the comedian was mocking disabled war veterans.

Walsh added in a tweet on Sunday, "no, I don't believe we should train & arm kindergarteners".

Before the show's debut, Showtime released a clip of Cohen, several politicians, and other important people advocating for a fake program called Kinderguardian-a gun training plan for young children around the ages of four and five. "I sat through a long "interview" full of Hollywoodism's [sic] disrespect and sarcasm - but finally had enough and literally, physically removed my mic and walked out", Palin wrote on Facebook.

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