From accused child molester Roy Moore being scanned with a “pedophile detector” to former Sheriff Joe Arpaio saying he “may” accept oral sex from President Donald Trump, British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen’s provocative Showtime series “Who Is America?” has had some really uncomfortable moments.
However, a particular segment from the latest and final episode of the satirical show seems to have taken the cake.
To close the series in a spectacular fashion, Cohen transformed into one his alter-egos Gio Monaldo, an Italian millionaire playboy and fashion photographer, and sat down with NFL star-turned-alleged double murderer O.J. Simpson in a Las Vegas hotel suite.
It was during this meeting that Monaldo, joined by his Italian girlfriend Christina, tried to get a confession out of the former athlete, asking him what happened the night his wife died and how he “got away” with it.
“What wife?” Simpson asked.
“The one you shot,” Monaldo responded.
The former athlete did not take the bait.
“Well, first of all, she wasn't my wife. We had been divorced. And second of all, I didn't do it,” the 71-year-old replied, adding, “I didn't ‘get away’ with nothing.”
For those unfamiliar with the Simpson saga, the ex-football star was acquitted of killing his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend Ron Goldman in 1994. His case was highly publicized and his acquittal was one of the most controversial court verdicts in the history of the country. In a 1997 civil trial, Simpson was ordered to pay $33.5 million to the victims’ families – the money which they apparently never received.
In 2007, Simpson was involved in a kidnapping and robbed two sports memorabilia dealers at gunpoint in Las Vegas. He served a 9-year-prison sentence for the botched crime.
Earlier in the segment, when Monaldo attempted to introduce Simpson to his girlfriend, who didn’t seem to recognize the man at all, Cohen’s character mimicked a stabbing motion towards her face, prompting the woman to exclaim, “O.J.! Oh my God! Nice to meet you!”
After she left the room, the pair delved into some painful stabbing jokes, no pun intended.
“She's gorgeous, but sometimes I want to kill her,” Monaldo told Simpson. “I want to send her on a private helicopter and throw her over the Grand Canyon – oopsie daisie!”
Although Simpson uttered the word “stop,” he did return Cohen’s high five while laughing along.
As uncomfortable as it was, the other most memorable part of the episode came towards the very end.
Remember, how former Alaska governor Sarah Palin introduced the world to “Who Is America” by posting a length Facebook rant revealing she had been duped into giving a mock interview to Cohen?
Apparently, Palin thought she was talking to a disabled U.S. veteran.
While the said segment did not make it to the show, Cohen did give a special shout out to the former Republican vice-presidential candidate.
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