Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has a new show on Showtime called Who Is America? that looks like a leftist gotcha extravaganza. It hasn’t aired yet, but apparently Cohen pretends to be ridiculous right-wing caricatures in order to dupe conservatives like Dick Cheney and Sarah Palin. The one where he tried to punk Palin however may actually land the Borat portrayer in jail. He pretended to be a decorated military veteran, which could be a violation of the Stolen Valor Act.
In a Facebook Post Plain detailed how Baron fooled her for his new show:
Yup – we were duped. Ya’ got me, Sacha. Feel better now?
I join a long list of American public personalities who have fallen victim to the evil, exploitive, sick “humor” of the British “comedian” Sacha Baron Cohen, enabled and sponsored by CBS/Showtime.
This “legit opportunity” to honor American Vets and contribute to a “legit Showtime historical documentary” was requested of me via a speakers bureau.
For my interview, my daughter and I were asked to travel across the country where Cohen (I presume) had heavily disguised himself as a disabled US Veteran, fake wheelchair and all. Out of respect for what I was led to believe would be a thoughtful discussion with someone who had served in uniform, I sat through a long “interview” full of Hollywoodism’s disrespect and sarcasm – but finally had enough and literally, physically removed my mic and walked out, much to Cohen’s chagrin. The disrespect of our US military and middle-class Americans via Cohen’s foreign commentaries under the guise of interview questions was perverse.
Palin has challenged Cohen to air the complete unedited interview to show he was a complete shit, but he may have bigger problems than being exposed as a jerk. As I said, this hasn’t premiered yet, but if Cohen is any way misrepresented that he had received medals for service in the US military, he committed a crime.
Palin said that Cohen pretended to de a disabled vet, which could mean that he was trying to give her the impression he had been awarded a Purple Heart. He may have even worn fake medals on his person during the interview.
Cohen and Showtime should have done a little research into the Stolen Valor Act which makes it a crime, “to fraudulently claim having received a valor award…with the intention of obtaining money, property, or other tangible benefit by convincing another that he or she received the award.”
It’s not just the Purple Heart but any of these medals:
• Medal of Honor (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard)
• Distinguished Service Cross,
• Navy Cross,
• Air Force Cross,
• Silver Star,
• Purple Heart,
• Combat Action Ribbon,
• Combat Infantryman’s Badge,
• Combat Action Badge,
• Combat Medical Badge,
• Combat Action Medal, or
• any replacement or duplicate medal for such medal as authorized by law.
By pretending to be a disable vet, Baron tangibly benefitted by getting material for his TV show. The question remains if he actually presented himself as someone who was in combat, wounded, and was decorated because of it. If so, Cohen could be convicted of a federal crime and thrown in jail for up to a year. All the Gypsy tears in the world won’t save him because it will be somebody else making a romance explosion on his stomach, if he’s lucky.