Sacha Baron Cohen’s controversies: From ‘Borat’ lawsuits at the box-office flops



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Sacha Baron Cohen made headlines for his controversial Showtime series “Who Is America?”

The new show follows the British comedian as he speaks to the American politicians, while donning a disguise. In the first episode, for example, Cohen dresses like an Israeli character who is trying to get gun-rights advocates to support his understanding of the armament of the preschoolers.

Sacha Baron Cohen’s new show “Who Is America” follows the comedian as he wears disguises and speak to the AMERICAN lawmakers.


Despite the chatter around the show after Cohen aggrieved politicians such as Sarah Palin and former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the ratings fell flat. Deadline reported 327,000 tuned in to watch the premiere. But the cable network said the show has garnered more than a million viewers when streaming, on-demand and online views were included.

Either way, Cohen has seen his share of flops since 2006, his mega-hit “Borat.”

Here are some of Cohen’s memorable missteps:

“Borat” lawsuit

“Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” was released in 2006.

(20th Century Fox)

Two South Carolina college fraternity brothers called Cohen after they were shown drinking and making racist remarks in the 2006 film “Borat.” The students claimed that the filmmakers “seduced them to appear in ‘Borat’ by them drunk and falsely promising the film would not be shown in the US,” Reuters reported.

The students claimed that their reputations were damaged after the film’s release, but lost their bid for a court order to cut their scene from the film.

Arab nations ban “Borat” for “vile, gross and extremely ridiculous” content

Cohen’s giant hit “Borat” was banned in every Arab country minus Lebanon, The Guardian reported. An official from Dubai’s Ministry of Information called the film “vile, gross and extremely ridiculous.” Later, Kazakhstan’s minister of foreign affairs invited Cohen to the country for a visit after the movie is a success.

Cohen’s joke about Jessica Simpson falls flat

The comedian took the stage of the MTV Movie Awards in 2006 and made a joke about singer Jessica Simpson’s “camel toe.” When GQ asked Cohen, who was interviewed as his character “Borat”, about his comment on the award show he said: “I don’t know why Mrs. Simpson was disturbed by my speeches. I was extremely complimentary about her film ‘The Lords [Princes] of Hazzard” and said that she had a beautiful mouth, which I could see through her denim shorts.” GQ pointed out that his comments some of the viewers “scene.” MTV reportedly cut the footage when the network reaired the award show.

“Bruno” takes more legal action

Sacha Baron Cohen as “Borat” [left] and “Brüno” [right].

Ayman Abu Aita, a Palestinian man, called Cohen, after he was described in the comedian in the hit film as a “terrorist group leader.” Cohen, who played the role of the large fashion reporter “Bruno,” interviewed Aita, who said that he believed that he would be asked about peace activism. Aita said that he was threatened with death after the film’s release. The suit was settled in 2012, on undisclosed terms and conditions, CBC News reported.

A California woman sued Cohen after she claimed that she was left in a wheelchair after an altercation during the filming of “Brüno.” The woman lost the case and was ordered to pay NBC Universal for the “bring a nuisance lawsuit,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“The Brothers Grimsby” flops

“The Brothers of Grimsby,” was released in 2016 and costarred “Pitch Perfect” actress Rebel Wilson. Cohen played a football hooligan who finds that his brother is a murderer. The couple eventually a team to save the world, according to IMDB. The website stated the film’s budget was $35 million. Meanwhile, made only 3 million dollars in its opening weekend. Forbes called it the year “the biggest box-office turkey.”

Gun store owner calls Cohen out of

Despite Cohen is in disguise for most of his stunts, he was recognized by a gun store owner in February 2017. Norris Sweidan, owner of Warrior Those Guns & Ammo in Riverside, California, told FOX 11 he agreed to participate in a documentary about a Hungarian immigrant to want to buy a gun in the United States. However, Sweidan quickly realized he was deceived. He said that he could tell Cohen, in full disguise, did not look like a Hungarian immigrant.

“I am looking for the manufacturer and I’m like, ‘Am I crazy here?'” he said. “And I just kept watching the boy, and I was like, you’re ‘Borat,’ ” he said, recognizing Cohen 2006 film.

Sweidan said Cohen left the store as fast as his disguise was destroyed. The shopkeeper said that he was kicked out of the producers, after they could not answer his questions. The incident was likely intended to be a segment for his Showtime series, “Who Is America?”

Fox News’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

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