Over the first two episodes of Sacha Baron Cohen’s new Showtime series “Who Is America?”, the controversial comedian has shown that nobody is off limits when it comes to his satirical trickery, and has caused at least one politician to resign.
In the third episode, which aired Sunday night, Baron Cohen pulled off his most audacious stunt yet when he fooled former Alabama judge Roy Moore into taking a ‘paedophile detector test’, which he subsequently ‘failed’ and walked out on.
Disguised as his character Col. Erran Morad, an Israeli anti-terrorism expert, Baron Cohen informed the Republican politician about a piece of technology developed in Israel that helps detect sex offenders.
“Sex offenders and particularly paedophiles secrete an enzyme for DDHT, which is actually detectable,” Baron Cohen explained. “So in Israel they’ve developed a machine that is used in schools to detect anyone coming in and if they detect the paedophile it alerts the law enforcement.”
He then took out a scanner, which he claimed was the device, and waved it in front of Moore. The machine beeped every time he ran it across the former Alabama Senate candidate.
“Obviously a problem, must be faulty – malfunctioning,” Baron Cohen said. “Is this your jacket? Did you lend the jacket to somebody else?”
Moore, who lost his campaign for an open Senate seat following accusations of sexual misconduct, one of which included inappropriate behavior with a 14-year-old girl, grew visibly frustrated with the segment.
“I’ve been married for 33 years, I’ve never had an accusation of such things,” Moore declared. “If this is an instrument, then it’s certainly… I’m not a paedophile, okay? Maybe Israeli technology hasn’t developed properly.”
When Baron Cohen told him the machine is “99.8%” accurate, Moore responded, “I am simply cutting this conversation right now,” before getting up and leaving. “I support Israel, I don’t support this kind of stuff,” he said as he exited the room.
Before the season started airing, Moore released a statement where he threatened to sue Baron Cohen and Showtime. “I am involved in several court cases presently to defend my honor and character against vicious false political attacks by liberals like Cohen,” he stated. “If Showtime airs a defamatory attack on my character, I may very well be involved in another.”
“As for Mr. Cohen, whose art is trickery, deception, and dishonesty, Alabama does not respect cowards who exhibit such traits!” he added. “It’s been a long time since I fought for my country in Vietnam. I’m ready to defend her again!”