Published: Sun, July 22, 2018
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Sacha Baron Cohen Did Not Pose As Disabled Vet, Showtime Says

Sacha Baron Cohen Did Not Pose As Disabled Vet, Showtime Says

"And I just kept looking at the guy and I was like, you're Borat.'" he said, recognizing Cohen from the 2006 film.

"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?' Baron Cohen did not present himself as a disabled veteran, and viewers nationwide who watched the premiere on Sunday can now attest to that", the statement issued Monday said. "Gun owners? The gun business, gun shops".

"We knew he's here to make a mockery, and of what?" It's a good thing gun owners aren't as gullible as politicians.

Cohen and Showtime picked the wrong person, he said.

Cohen found himself in hot water this week after it was revealed he impersonated a disabled American veteran to land an interview with former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin.


In his first episode, Cohen duped congressmen into endorsing a program created to arm kindergarteners with guns. Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizen Defense League, is featured playing along to a so-called training video that includes guns dressed up to look like stuffed animals. Most recently, he tricked several gun rights activists and congressmen into appearing in a fake ad for a program that would arm students as young as four years old in a mock effort to curtail school shootings. "If you are a gun advocate, what the f**k are you doing holding a gun with a bunny on it?" he asked.

Sweidan believes Cohen targeted his store because its very well known, and it's in the process of filming a show called Down the Barrel.

"You've got some gun advocate holding a bunny on a gun", Sweidan said.

In contrast to the previous two characters, Sherman was actually very likeable, and you were nearly willing him to actually be a good artist; even as he produced a piece "inspired" by the female gallery owner - with Baron Cohen predictably going off-screen to whip up some "white paint" to use - it achieved the rare feat of being both gross and actually strangely endearing.

April Meadows/ South Carolina Resident: "As a parent, it makes you really pissed off of them that they would think of such things for your child to be carrying such a weapon that they don't even need carrying".

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