Showtime chief says risk paid off with Sacha Baron Cohen TV show

Sergio Cunningham
August 10, 2018

Former Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio has been an outspoken and controversial supporter of gun rights, but it's probably safe to say his gun control debate with a Shopkins character known as D'lish Donut marked a first.

"If Donald Trump calls you up after this and says, 'Sheriff Joe, I want to offer you an awesome b-job, ' would you say yes?"

Sacha Baron Cohen continues to troll American political figures on "Who is America?" his current Showtime series, and one Republican lawmaker seems not quite up to speed.

WhizzBoy asks Arpaio - who has no idea what's going on - about "golden showers" and if he'd accept a "blow job" from Donald Trump, and Arpaio says yes.

Showtime President David Nevins said the channel had taken a "leap of faith" with the series "Who is America?" in which Baron Cohen adopts different personas and pranks American politicians, pop culture figures and others into saying outrageous things.

The show also features Arpaio arguing with a plastic Shopkins toy - an anti-firearms "D'lish Doughnut".

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The segment sees Arpaio talking to one of Cohen's characters - a Finnish YouTube star called OMGWhizzBoyOMG - about his toy unboxing videos and tells an incredulous Arpaio that he owns over 43 guns for the "upcoming race war".

Cohen also unwrapped a Shopkins doughnut toy that claimed all guns should be taken away because they are unsafe. "I don't know what he's saying about America", Nevins admitted but, "He had me at hello".

"I'm kind of disappointed I fell for their trap", the 86-year-old told the Arizona Republic at the time.

Breitbart News reported in July the episode was filmed last fall and that Arpaio said he thought he'd been very careful in his answers. His aggressive tactics ultimately led to a criminal conviction after he violated a court order in a racial-profiling case. He was later pardoned by his good buddy Donald Trump and is now seeking attempting to run for Senate.

Arpaio is the latest in a string of prominent Republicans to be deceived by Baron Cohen as part of "Who Is America?".

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