Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest target in his new show Who Is America? has been revealed as the controversial Republican Roy Moore, with one of the comedian’s comic characters convincing Moore to take a ‘paedophile detector test’.
Cohen’s satirical series has already sent up the likes of Sarah Palin and former Vice President Dick Cheney, with the latest episode of the show set to air in the UK tonight (July 30) on Channel 4.
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Moore – who attracted plenty of controversy during his failed run for the US Senate seat in Alabama towards the end of last year – was one of Cohen’s interview subjects in the third episode of Who Is America?, which was broadcast in the US last night. Posing as his Israeli soldier character Col. Erran Morad, Cohen met Moore under the pretence of discussing Israel.
Cohen, as Morad, told Moore about a fictional piece of Israeli technology which has been developed to be used “in schools and playgrounds to detect anyone coming in, and if they detect a paedophile” then the authorities would then be informed.
“And of course, neither of us are sex offenders… so we’ll just put it on,” Morad continued, as he then started to wave the device in front of Moore – when it then beeped.
“Obviously a problem, must be faulty – malfunctioning,” he said, with the device only beeping when he held it in front of Moore. “Is this your jacket? Did you lend the jacket to somebody else?”
Moore replied: “I’ve been married for 33 years and never had an accusation of such a thing. If this is an instrument, I’m certainly not a paedophile. Maybe Israeli technology hasn’t developed properly.”
“This is 99.8 percent accurate,” Morad countered, before adding: “I’m not saying you’re a paedophile.”
Moore then decided to end the interview, saying: “I support Israel… I don’t support this kind of stuff.”
The stunt was pulled in reference to a number of allegations of sexual misconduct which have been made against Moore since he announced his intention to run for Senate last year.
Last week, a lawmaker in Georgia resigned after he was duped by one of Cohen’s characters on Who Is America?.