Sacha Baron Cohen’s new show is making waves. The show, “Who is America?”, seems to be targeting Republicans. Baron Cohen’s tactic is simple. He assumes an identity, secures an interview with his target, and then finds ways to embarrass them. His latest episode takes aim at Roy Moore. The teaser footage he released has Moore fuming.
“Under the guise of an Israeli ex-Mossad agent, Baron Cohen holds a sit down interview with Moore, showing the former judge what he says is new Israeli technology that accurately detects sex offenders – ‘especially pedophiles’,” The Daily Mail writes.
Moore became a national figure after his run for an Alabama senate seat. During the campaign, several women came forward and accused Moore of sexual misconduct. Allegations surfaced that Moore had pursued relationships with underage girls.
As he and Moore are talking, Baron Cohen takes out a “wand” that he claims is capable of detecting pedophiles.
As he pretends to be ex-Mossad agent Col. Erran Morad, Baron Cohen says, “In Alabama, people have always been free, whatever their religion or race or sexuality.”
This statement is, of course, ludicrous. Moore doesn’t seem to think so, though.
“It’s part of our heritage,” Moore says.
Baron Cohen then explains the new Mossad technology that can detect perverts.
“It turns out that sex offenders and particularly pedophiles secrete an enzyme,” he says. “So the phrase ‘sweating like a rapist’ is actually based on science.”
Moore looks to be uncomfortable with the way the conversation has shifted.
Baron Cohen tells him not to worry. The wand won’t make noise “because neither of us are sex offenders.”
The wands beeps, though, when it passes over Moore. “It must be faulty,” Baron Cohen says. “It’s malfunctioning.”
“Is this your jacket? Did you lend the jacket to somebody else?” Baron Cohen asks.
“I’ve been married for 33 years and never had an accusation of such things,” Moore says. “Certainly, I’m not a pedophile. Maybe Israeli technology hasn’t developed properly.”
The moment is understandably tense.
“I support Israel,” Moore says, “I don’t support this kind of stuff.” He then stood and walked out of the interview.
As with some of the others that have been targeted by the show, it seems that Moore didn’t know who Baron Cohen was. The interview appears to have been staged deceptively with the intent of catching Moore in an embarrassing moment, which it clearly did.
After the interview, Roy Moore released this statement:
“I am involved in several court cases presently to defend my honor and character against vicious false political attacks by liberals like Cohen. 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! It’s been a long time since I fought for my country in Vietnam. I’m ready to defend her again!”