While promoting his newest film, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, comedian Sacha Baron Cohen on Friday poked fun at the anti-Semitic comments made by Mel Gibson when he was pulled over for driving under the influence in Malibu.
“I would like to meet the fearless anti-Jew warrior, Melvin Gibson,” Cohen, who was playing his character, told reporters at a scripted junket in Santa Monica. “We agree with his comments that the Jews started all wars. We also have proof that they were responsible for killing off all the dinosaurs. And Hurricane Katrina – they did it.”
Gibson has since apologized publicly for his anti-Semitic statements, telling Diane Sawyer in a televised interview earlier this month, “Let me be real clear here. I don’t believe Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world. I mean that’s an outrageous, drunken statement.”
Gibson was not alone in being lampooned by Cohen, who is Jewish, as he joked about O.J. Simpson, Pamela Anderson (who appears in Borat ) and President Bush. “Kazakhstan very much admires your mighty warlord, George Walter Bush,” Cohen said. “He is a very wise man and also a strong man – but perhaps not as strong as his father, Barbara.”
Cohen, the controversial star of HBO’s Da Ali G Show, has won attention – not all of it positive – for the comedic faux-documentary feature due out Nov. 3.
Cohen, who has previously appeared in Talladega Nights, is doing all interviews for Borat as the film’s character, a fake TV journalist from Kazakhstan.