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Sacha Baron Cohen uses ‘pedophile detector’ on Roy Moore

Alabama Republican, dogged by accusations of harassment, walks out of interview after new ‘Israeli technology’ flags him as child molester

Sacha Baron Cohen, right, playing Israeli military expert Erran Morad, meets with defeated Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, in an episode of 'Who is America?' aired on July 29, 2018. (Screen capture: YouTube)
Sacha Baron Cohen, right, playing Israeli military expert Erran Morad, meets with defeated Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, in an episode of 'Who is America?' aired on July 29, 2018. (Screen capture: YouTube)

Roy Moore, the defeated Alabama Senate candidate accused of sexual assault against teenagers, has become the latest high profile American to be humiliated in Sasha Baron Cohen’s Showtime series “Who Is America?”

In Sunday night’s broadcast, the British-Jewish comedian Baron Cohen once again played Israeli military expert Erran Morad.

He began the segment by praising Alabama for its strong support of Israel, as Moore smiled and nodded. Baron Cohen then demonstrated to Moore the latest “Israeli technology,” which he claimed can detect pedophiles, who, he explained, “excrete an enzyme 4DDHT which is actually detectable.”

Baron Cohen then described how the technology was based on the same science used by Israel to detect terror tunnels dug by Hamas in Gaza.

Waving what appeared to be a standard handheld metal detector over himself, Baron Cohen said the device was only triggered when used on a pedophile. He then held the detector near Moore, and it began beeping.

Moore’s Senate campaign was dogged by allegations that in his 30s he pursued teenage girls and in two cases assaulted them, allegations he denied.

Baron Cohen apologized, explaining that the machine must be faulty. He tested it on one of his crew and it remained silent. He again waved it over Moore and it went off.

Moore said, “I’ve been married for 33 years and I’ve never had an accusation of such things.” He said he’d had enough, thanked Baron Cohen for the interview, and walked off the set.

The clip began with Baron Cohen as Morad saying in Hebrew, “Don’t speak rubbish.” It then showed news clips of the number of women accusing Moore of sexual harassment. It also included a clip of US President Donald Trump telling his followers to “Get out and vote for Roy Moore.”

Earlier in his interview with Baron Cohen, Moore said, “Alabama has always been a state that valued freedom, valued liberty, and appreciated what people went through to get it. We’ve celebrated throughout our history things like this.”

“Alabama has always been a place for equality,” Baron Cohen said. “In Alabama people have always been free, whatever their religion or race or sexuality,” he continued, subtly attacking Moore for his views.

“It is part of our heritage,” Moore replied.

During his election campaign he was accused of using well-known anti-Semitic tropes against billionaire philanthropist George Soros.

The State of Alabama has a long history of slavery and racial segregation. Many of the notable events of the civil rights movement took place in Alabama.

In 2016 Moore, who then served as chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, was removed from office for his attempts to sidestep federal legislation and effectively ban same-sex marriages. He has been described in the media as “virulently anti-gay.”

Earlier this month Moore accused Baron Cohen of “mocking Israel” and threatened legal action against the Showtime network if it screened the clip.

“I am involved in several court cases presently to defend my honor and character against vicious false political attacks by liberals like Cohen. If Showtime airs a defamatory attack on my character, I may very well be involved in another,” he said.

“As for Mr. Cohen, whose art is trickery, deception, and dishonesty, Alabama does not respect cowards who exhibit such traits!” he added. “It’s been a long time since I fought for my country in Vietnam. I’m ready to defend her again!”

In the new show “Who Is America?” Cohen dons various prosthetics and accents in an attempt to embarrass those on both the right and left.

He has so far duped a few current and recent politicians, as well as gun rights activists, into supporting a fictitious initiative to arm toddlers.

He’s also met with Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Georgian Republican State Rep. Jason Spencer was forced to resign after the previous episode was aired, in which he repeatedly said “nigger” and later exposed his bottom after being told it helps scare away Muslim terrorists.

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