Showtime and Sacha Baron Cohen push back against Sarah Palin

Sergio Cunningham
July 18, 2018

Watch the interview below and catch Cohen's show on Showtime On-Demand.

Trailed by a blaze of pre-launch publicity and a furious backlash from public figures who believe they have been pranked, its splashy debut won most attention Sunday for hoodwinking Republican politicians into endorsing a made-up plan to train pre-schoolers how to fire a gun. Palin savaged Cohen, the show and Showtime last week in a Facebook post when she discovered she'd been had.

According to Variety, Who Is America?

"The intensive three-week Kinderguardian course introduces specially selected children from 12 to 4 years old to pistols, rifles, semiautomatics and a rudimentary knowledge of mortars", Walsh says in the clip.

There has been widespread misinformation over the past week about the character of Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr., Ph.D., performed by Sacha Baron Cohen on the Showtime comedy series Who Is America?

But it was former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin's allegations that Cohen had disguised himself as "a disabled U.S. Veteran, fake wheelchair and all" to trick her into an interview, that led to a Los Angeles billboard Monday morning that accused Cohen of "stolen valour".

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Trump did have one prominent defender: Senator Rand Paul, who vied with Trump for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Mr Coats' statement was seen as an uncommonly brusque pushback by the U.S. intelligence community against the White House.

After "Da Ali G Show", which transferred from Britain to America, Cohen found success with hit movie characters such as bumbling Kazakh reporter Borat and gay Austrian fashionista Bruno. 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.

In a statement, the Republican congressman said he had only spoken "broadly" about self-defence and that he would have rejected the notion had it been put to him directly.

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 network added that Baron Cohen "never presented himself as a veteran of the US military" to Palin during the booking process or during the interview.

Then, Morad talks to Larry Pratt, executive director emeritus of Gun Owners Of America, who responds enthusiastically to his message that it's important not just to arm teachers, but also children as young as four.

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