Disability can be funny. Disability jokes aren’t anything new. The infamous comedienne Sacha Baron Cohen plays a disabled veteran in his new series – fueling much controversy.
Disability jokes are one thing, but using disabled people as mocking comedy bait is something else. Apparently in the U.S. there are claims that Sacha Baron Cohen went undercover as a disabled war veteran to entice Sarah Palin and other political people into an interview on his new show – who is America?
This has caused waves all over social media.
Palin wrote on facebook:
“Yup – we were duped. Ya’ got me, Sacha. Feel better now? I join a long list of American public personalities who have fallen victim to the evil, exploitive, sick ‘humour’ of the British ‘comedienne”.
Palin claims that Cohen acting as conspiracy theorist Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr PhD was distasteful and disrespectful towards disabled war veterans.
Baron Cohen and television channel Showtime denied the character is disabled and only used a wheelchair to “conserve energy”.
The truth is that disability jokes get attention, even if it’s negative. Since the shows inception, critics have underscored the comedian’ s lack of indiscretion but focus on the shows political impact. They highlight the lack of ethics and intentional pranking of those in political positions. It is said that Baron Cohen’s deceptions are fake news and so his show creates dissension between the media and right wing.