In the latest episode of ‘Who is America?’, British Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen managed to prank former Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio – the latter being the latest public figure to have fallen prey to Cohen’s controversial new show, Washington Post reported.
Arpaio has been an outspoken and controversial supporter of gun rights, but it’s probably safe to say his gun control debate with a Shopkins character known as D’lish Donut marked a first, the Post notes.
For his Arpaio segment, the British comedian appeared as a Finnish YouTube star who sports a large orange streak in his blond hair and goes by the handle “OMGWhizzBoyOMG!” Baron Cohen somehow persuaded Arpaio to participate in an “unboxing” video, ostensibly to reveal the characters in a package of Shopkins, the wildly popular and tiny collectible toy figures, while he interviewed him about his career and friendship with President Trump.
In the segment, as Cohen unwrapped a miniature Shopkins box, he asked Arpaio to explain “what communists are trying to do to stop people having guns.” “Well, that’s a big issue. I will say, over and over again, guns don’t kill, people kill,” Arpaio said.
Cohen also asked about Arpaio’s support for President Trump, who famously pardoned the former sheriff last year less than a month after he was convicted of criminal contempt. The Trump discussion involved some crude sexual euphemisms that Arpaio later said made him “very uncomfortable.”
Arpaio recalled feeling so uncomfortable that he typed notes to document the strange encounter. Arpaio previously told Breitbart News that he signed “some kind of contract” before filming the interview but “did not read all the info.”