Sacha Baron Cohen is being sued for $95m over a 'Who Is America' interview
This could be a very costly prank
Who Is America is over now, and besides its mixed reviews, it still had a couple of undeniable bangers up its sleeve. One of said bangers, was Cohen as bogus Israeli soldier Col. (although his rank changed every show) Erran Morad, using a “Paedo Detector” on controversial US politician Roy Moore.
This skit essentially involved the one-note (but very funny) joke of Morad informing Moore that “It turns out that sex offenders and particularly paedophiles secrete an enzyme,” and then running a wand that detected the enzyme over his body. It bleeps, obviously. Joke complete.
Here’s a clip:
Yes, good, enjoyable, well done everyone. Thing is, Moore ain’t none-too-pleased ‘bout being called a paedo by a big piece of plastic, and is (perhaps understandably) suing.
You see, Roy Moore, who was backed by Donald Trump, holds a number of hardcore conservative positions, including beliefs that ‘homosexual conduct should be illegal’. His ill-fated campaign was also dogged by accusations that he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old when he was 32, which he denied. Nonetheless, he’s aiming to get a cool $95 million out of the comedy star.
The complaint states:
“Defendant Cohen’s character falsely and fraudulently introduced a false and fraudulent ‘device’ supposedly invented by the Israeli Army to detect pedophiles.
“During the segment, Defendant Cohen’s ‘device’ — as part of the false and fraudulent routine — purports to detect Judge Moore as a sex offender, thus defaming him”
Of course, this is unlikely to cause any major damage, seeing as nobody in their right mind - watching a satirical comedy show starring a man in latex make-up - would possibly believe that there is such a thing as a “Paedophile Detector”. Still, can’t hurt to try though, eh?
The Network that runs Who Is America in the US, SHOWTIME, has responded to the alleged lawsuit, saying:
“The press has been sent copies of an alleged complaint, yet to our knowledge SHOWTIME has not been served. With that said, we do not comment on pending litigation.”
So God knows what’s going on, but, in the meantime, let’s remember a previous classic of the ‘paedophile science’ genre: