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Monday, December 09, 2019

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#EndorseThis: 'Borat' Thanks Giuliani During Golden Globes Acceptance Speech

The most unusual Golden Globes ever took place last night-- hosted by the girl power duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler,. The veteran hosts delivered an amusing monologue that righteously called out the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which sponsors the awards, over longstanding diversity and inclusion problems that its leaders then vowed to remedy.

But perhaps the funniest moment of the night was when Sacha Baron Cohen remotely accepted an award for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm. He didn't neglect to thank his "co-star" Rudy Giuliani, "a fresh new talent who came from nowhere" and suffered exposure for his inappropriate behavior on file.
Only Rudy could inspire a speech this hysterical. Did you miss it? No worries.

#EndorseThis: Borat And Daughter Inflict 'Virus Inspection' On Kimmel

You may have heard by now that Sacha Baron Cohen is about to release his new movie -- Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, or Borat 2 for short – on Amazon Prime. You may also have heard that this film includes a "beyond cringe" bedroom scene starring the real Rudy Giuliani and a very young woman posing as a reporter.

More on that later. For the moment, here's Borat himself appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he subjects the late-night comic to an intrusive "coronavirus inspection." This episode of comedic anarchy is in fact a send-up of QAnon, the vicious, anti-Semitic conspiracy craze that has devoured the Republican Party.

It gets pretty wild, with a clip from the new movie and an appearance by Borat's "daughter" Tutara (the would-be seducer of Rudy).

Enjoy -- and just imagine what's yet to come.



#EndorseThis: Sacha Baron Cohen (In Disguise) Pranks Militia Rally

Long known for luring political leaders into giving interviews that later turn out to be deeply embarrassing, Sacha Baron Cohen turned his wiles on the militia movement last weekend. He showed up at an Olympia, Washington "freedom" rally, clothed in rural style, accompanied by a bluegrass band that accompanied him as he took the stage.

He quickly began chanting a tune with deeply offensive and racist lyrics -- vowing to "lock up" and "chop up" every right-wing target from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to Bill Gates and Tony Fauci. The chorus goes something like this: "Mask-wearers. What we gonna do? Inject them with the Wuhan flu. Journalists. What we gonna do? Chop 'em up like the Saudis do."

And not too surprisingly, at Cohen's urging, a number of the good ole boys sang along with gusto. Which must have been his point. When the militia guys caught onto him and rushed the stage, he fled the scene in a waiting ambulance.

In this video, the event's organizer insists afterward that nobody sang along and that the crowd booed instead. He says they beat Cohen at his own game. See what you think.




#EndorseThis: Sacha Baits O.J. Simpson Into Joking About Nicole Brown Murder

Another Monday, another Sacha Baron Cohen moment from Who is America. Why, is #EndorseThis losing its trademark randomness in choosing political subject matter?

No, not quite. In fact, today’s clip has little to do with politics. It does have a lot to say about toxic masculinity, though…and a real-life celebrity murder that no one in America can forget.

Cohen interviews none other than famously-accused Nicole Brown murderer O.J. Simpson, pairing O.J. with yet another fictional character. This fellow is named “Gio Monaldo” and bears more than a passing resemblance to Kill Bill character Pai Mei. Just like the old martial-arts master, Monaldo has contempt for women, and jokes about killing his girlfriend while O.J. laughs along. The interviewer and interviewee have “something in common,” he tells Simpson.

Does O.J. take the bait? At the very least, he uses a rather Trumpian double-negative when the subject of Nicole Brown finally swims to the surface.

Don’t click nothing.

#EndorseThis: Jill Stein Becomes Sacha Baron Cohen’s Latest Victim

We can be sure of three things. Death, taxes, and National Memo readers having mixed opinions about Jill Stein, the Green Party nominee for POTUS in 2016.

Some liberals admire Stein’s hard-left positions on war, peace, and the environment. Others think she’s a Russian collaborator who cost Hillary Clinton precious votes at the polls. But whatever she is, she’s also Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest dupe.

Stein nobly attempts to explain the facts of climate change – not “climax change” – to Cohen’s right-wing character Billy Wayne Ruddick in this short clip from Who is America. The always-topical Cohen launches into some CIA-and-the-weather conspiracy talk that feels like a direct poke at Alex Jones. But Stein ends up repeating a three-word factoid about herself (three times) that…may or may not be true.

Speaking as a scientist, you should press play.

#EndorseThis: Lewandowski’s Ham Routine Fried By Sacha Baron Cohen

Sacha Baron Cohen – appearing on Who is America in yet another one of his right-wing disguises – sits down across from Corey Lewandowski, noteworthy hot-head and former Trump campaign manager.

Cohen launches volleys of his usual tactics, trying to get Lewandowski to agree to pro-fascist statements concerning the Nazi demonstrations in Charlottesville, and of course President Trump. For those who haven’t seen Borat, the technique of spelling out horrible things that right-wingers have not sensitized to notice shows up in the infamous rodeo scene, where Cohen shouts “I support your war of terror!” to whooping fans of Bush W’s Iraq invasion.

Lewandowski hams it up for a micro-stump speech and manages to avoid direct answers. But what is really interesting is the weird southern accent that begins to slip out of his mouth after hearing Cohen’s magnificent fake twang. Further evidence that the brilliant comic knows how to get inside a subject’s head.

Admission price: Press play.

#EndorseThis: Roy Moore Nailed By Sexual Predator Detector Wand

Remember the pitiful attempts by failed Senate candidate Roy Moore’s few remaining friends to prove he wasn’t a sicko? A lying sexual predator who took advantage of adolescent girls when in his late 20s and early 30s?

Colonel Erran Morad (actually Sacha Baron Cohen of Borat fame) gives Moore a chance to prove his innocence. In today’s clip, Morad is only a few moments into an interview with Moore when the former unveils a “pedophile wand” that works somewhat like a lie-detector test, or maybe a Geiger counter. The wand is based totally in “science,” Morad assures the Alabama politician.

And what does the high-tech gadget tell us about Roy Moore’s sick and demented mind?

Watch and see – and hear – for yourself.

#EndorseThis: Sacha Baron Cohen Exposes Georgia GOP…Pun Intended

Sacha Baron Cohen’s brave satirical comedy is doing more than just opening doors. It’s dropping drawers.

The star of Borat has released a hilarious new segment from his Showtime series Who is America in which Georgia Republican lawmaker Jason Spencer is driven into a naked Islamophobic fury during a crash-course on terrorist attacks.

And we mean literally naked fury…in addition to some NSFW epithet screaming at 3:00.

Spencer is already a controversial figure in southern politics, a man who attempted to ban Muslim head garments in 2016. The radical rep appears to be keeping his job (for now) despite Gov. Nathan Deal calling his behavior “sad and disgraceful.”

For liberals already desensitized to far-right race rhetoric, however, the clip is more likely to inspire tears of laughter than anger.

Catch the GOP with its pants down.