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Entertainment

Web Desk
October 26, 2020

Sacha Baron Cohen responds to Trump's criticism: 'I don't find you funny either'

Entertainment

Web Desk
Mon, Oct 26, 2020
Sacha Baron Cohen responds to Trump's criticism: 'I don't find you funny either'

Donald Trump said he has not been a fan of Sacha Baron Cohen -- even before a clip from the British comedian's new Borat movie forced the US president's lawyer Rudy Giuliani into an awkward explanation.

Asked about the clip -- which shows Giuliani in a faked "interview" with an attractive and flirtatious young woman -- while speaking to journalists Friday aboard Air Force One, Trump said: "I don't know what happened."

"But years ago, you know, he tried to scam me. And I was the only one who said no way. That's a phony guy. And I don't find him funny."

Trump said the incident happened about 15 years ago.

"To me, he was a creep," Trump said.

The president did not provide further details about that encounter, but in a 2003 interview, Baron Cohen -- playing the wannabe gangster Ali G -- pitched a business venture to Trump: special gloves for eating ice cream.

Baron Cohen also hit back at the president after his remarks and called him a “racist buffoon.”

"Donald - I appreciate the free publicity for Borat! I admit, I don't find you funny either. But yet the whole world laughs at you. I'm always looking for people to play racist buffoons, and you'll need a job after Jan 20. Let's talk!" he tweeted.

Before the new Borat film's release, word of Baron Cohen's latest outrageous ambushes on unsuspecting participants had spread like wildfire.

On Wednesday, Giuliani issued an angry denial over the fake interview.

In the film, the encounter appears to leave the 76-year-old former New York mayor in a compromising situation. Giuliani said the scene was "a complete fabrication."

"I was tucking in my shirt after taking off the recording equipment. At no time before, during, or after the interview was I ever inappropriate," he tweeted.

"If Sacha Baron Cohen implies otherwise, he is a stone-cold liar."

The comedian continued to poke fun at Giuliani.

In a video posted on social media, Borat leapt to his own defense and accused the "fake news media" -- a term often used by Trump and his supporters -- of turning an "innocent" encounter into "something disgusting."