Joe Walsh, the former U.S. Congressman-turned-radio host, is calling for a boycott of Sacha Baron Cohen’s new Showtime series “Who Is America?” after the actor duped him into appearing in front of the cameras for the show.
Walsh took to Twitter to allege the “Borat” actor and the show’s producers tricked him into accepting an award for “Significant Contributions to the State of Israel” as part of a phony pro-Israel event. Walsh says he was allegedly told that previous recipients include Bono, Tony Blair, Steven Spielberg and Rupert Murdoch.
“We started talking pro-Israel stuff, Israeli defense, and then out of left field the interviewer starts talking about how children should defend themselves against terrorist attacks,” he tweeted. “I understand Israel handles security very differently than how America handles security – interviewer showed several articles involving children stopping terrorists – stuff like that.”
Walsh claims he got wise to the scam and started questioning producers before they rushed him out of the room.
“They had me read off a teleprompter – I stopped and questioned their direction. And just like that producers rushed me out of the studio as an apparent fight broke out. Strangest interview of my life – don’t think they spoofed me very much…” he posted to Twitter.
Walsh’s Twitter account of his experience came after Sarah Palin confessed she was tricked by Cohen who dressed as a disabled veteran to conduct an interview with her.
The first episode of “Who Is America?” premieres on July 15 on Showtime.