While filming his new showtime series “Who is America” Sacha Baron Cohen disguised himself as a disabled war veteran. Under the guise of this character he conducted an “interview” with Governor Sarah Palin.
During the “interview” this character proceeded to ask the Governor very profane, perverted, and obscene questions. After it became obvious that this was not a real interview Governor Palin ended the taping by taking off her microphone and walking out.
Sacha Baron Cohen ticked off the wrong person.
Governor Sarah Palin is mad.
I’d wager a lot of (normal) Americans are mad too.
Obviously I’m not a lawyer. Thank God!
It is unclear to me if The Stolen Valor Act of 2013 applies to this incident. I did not fully research the law – just skimmed it briefly.
Upon first reading I was under the impression that the perpetrator has to claim to have earned and received Military honors.
I could be wrong.
We may have to wait and see if Sacha Baron Cohen claimed to have earned military awards or badges during his “interview” with Governor Sarah Palin – unless I’m wrong about the necessity of claiming specific awards and honors in order for the law to apply.
Regardless, mocking the United States Military for financial gain is beyond indecent.
For now this incident will have to be tried in the court of public opinion. Pro-American citizens will need to take things into our own hands and voice our feelings to Showtime, CBS, and Sacha Baron Cohen.
Mr. Cohen is represented by Hollywood Talent Agency CAA.
Here is CAA’s phone number: (424) 288-2000
The character, portrayed by Sacha Baron Cohen, is supposed to be a “disabled war veteran” . Cohen, in character mode, has responded to Governor Palin’s demands that the profits of this show be donated to Military Charities:
Obviously the Governor is pissed – and rightfully so.
Cohen has gotten away with his numerous characters (Borat, Ali G, Bruno) mocking real life public figures for over a decade.
Maybe this time he picked the wrong public figure to exploit for his financial gain.
Nobody love the United States Military more than Sarah Palin.
Stars and Stripes defines “stolen valor” as “a term applied to the phenomenon of people falsely claiming military awards or badges they did not earn, service they did not perform, Prisoner of War experiences that never happened, and other tales of military derring-do [an act of heroic courage] that exist only in their minds.”
Might claiming to be a wounded veteran to dupe a former vice presidential candidate into appearing on one’s show in the hope of boosting viewership fit that definition of despicable behavior? Hard to say.
Donating the proceeds from “Who Is America” to a veterans’ charity might be a good start to making things right. The question is: Is it enough?
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