Sacha Baron Cohen, of “Borat” fame, has been rocking the political and entertainment world these last few months as several politicians have retrospectively realized they had recently been interviewed by the comedian in disguise.
It is Cohen’s schtick, and has been for some time, to dress up in absurd, often foreign characters, and conduct real interviews with sometimes very prominent people without informing them of his project.
For his recent series, “This Is America”, he managed to hook some pretty big fish into interviews, from Sarah Palin to Bernie Sanders.
Among those he managed to interview was the controversial former Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio.
Arpaio, who is currently running for Senate in Arizona, admitted that it was a mistake to agree to the interview with Cohen, who had disguised himself as a Finnish television personality for the occasion.
But he had a surprising offer for Cohen–he challenged him to a “real” interview.
“Get the guts, get out of your undercover role, come and interview me in English, of course, so I can understand him so we can go man-to-man,” Arpaio told the Washington Examiner.
“He won’t have the guts to do that. Maybe he will, I don’t know,” he added.
Arpaio has good reason to challenge Cohen, considering the mock-interview Cohen conducted apparently sheds a rather slanderous light on the Congressional candidate, according to Western Journal.
“Cohen appeared to convince Arpaio, 86, to say he would accept a ‘blowjob’ from the president in the footage that aired Sunday but was taped in August 2017,” they note.
“The only thing I got was that he would offer me a job,” Arpaio told the Washington Examiner. “I didn’t hear that little thing before that.”
Western Journal explains:
Cohen claimed to be a Finnish celebrity who called himself OMGWhizzBoyOMG for the segment and “began discussing various ‘jobs,’ President (Donald) Trump and golden showers,” reported the Washington Examiner.
“So (Cohen is) talking and I couldn’t understand him,” Arpaio told the Washington Examiner.
“He’s talking about golden showers. I thought he was talking about — the president has gold (in his shower).”
There’s a difference between a tasteless joke, and a tasteless joke that involves another person who is unaware the joke is taking place.
Arpaio has every right to challenge Cohen to a proper interview, and I’m surprised some of the many people Cohen has deceived over the years haven’t thought of the same thing.